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Newsletter – Fall 2011

Our hardcopy newsletter for Fall 2011 is now available online. Please see it at the below link. In it you’ll find:

HELP: We Need a Quote from a Consumer Who Purchases Natural/Organic Breakfast Cereal

Hello Cornucopia members and organic stakeholders, Have you ever purchased “natural” Kashi breakfast cereal or Bear Naked granola? Did you know they were manufactured by Kellogg’s? Have you ever purchased Back to Nature granola (Kraft) or something “natural” from Quaker Oats (PepsiCo)? You won’t find the names of any of these major corporate agribusinesses on… Read more »

Resisting the Corporate Theft of Seeds

The Nation Vandana Shiva We are in a food emergency. Speculation and diversion of food to biofuel has contributed to an uncontrolled price rise, adding more to the billion already denied their right to food. Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our… Read more »

EU Bans GM-Contaminated Honey From General Sale

Bavarian beekeepers forced to declare their honey as genetically modified because of contamination from nearby Monsanto crops The Guardian Leigh Phillips The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that honey which contains trace amounts of pollen from genetically modified (GM) corn must be labeled as GM produce and undergo full safety authorization before it… Read more »

Farmers to Monsanto: Save Our Seeds

Crosscut (Seattle, WA) By Amy Pennington Eastern Washington farmers are increasingly worried about agricultural invasion from Monsanto’s unwanted genetically modified and patent-protected seeds, which can threaten a farm’s organic status and land them in court. Now a national coalition of independent farmers is fighting back. Lazy R Ranch sits just outside of Spokane and raises… Read more »

International Organic Scandal: Major Canadian Grain Exporter’s Certification Suspended

Organic Industry Watchdog Says “System Working as Designed, Albeit Too Slowly” CORNUCOPIA, WI – After two years of speculation by U.S. and Canadian organic farmers, facing below-cost competition eroding sustainable pricing, and even forcing some out of business, an announcement last week, by the Canadian government authority overseeing organics, has finally offered an explanation. Jirah… Read more »

The 2011 NOFA Summer Conference

UMass Amherst – August 12 th -14 th Northeast Organic Farming Association Some call it professional development. Some call it time to hang out with friends who share a passion for organic food. Some call it a family vacation. For anyone wanting to learn new skills, connect with an organization dedicated to ecological sustainability, or move a… Read more »

Record Crowd Tours Organic Farms

Just One Seed and Purely Meats hosted the second in a series of farm tours around Bucks County Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britain Patch [PA] By Ann Biggs A record-breaking crowd that spanned all ages feasted on summer dishes and learned about organic farming just north of Doylestown on Wednesday. From the tiniest infant carried in its mother’s… Read more »

Help Wanted: Local Field Organizer for Campaign to Save Maryland Organic Farm

LOCAL FIELD ORGANIZER WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA Duration: 6-12 months Application deadline: August 5, 2011 The Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland is proposing to replace a 31-year-old organic farm, operating on public land, allowing a private soccer organization to build non-public fields in Potomac, MD. The community is in an uproar—Nick’s Organic Farm is Montgomery… Read more »

Cheap Food: Not What’s for Dinner Anymore?

Welcome to the era of neocolonial agriculture Mother Jones By Tom Philpott Remember when gas was a dollar a gallon? The era of the fast-food “dollar menu” may be going the same way. Cheap food has been with us for a while. After World War II, global grain prices fell steadily for decades. US and European… Read more »