Behind the Scenes of the Policy Desk

cattle grazing in tall grass

An update from Policy Director Marie Burcham, JD Even though it is not always front and center, policy undergirds Cornucopia’s work. Policies steer legislative outcomes, and we carefully follow the agricultural strategies of each administration. Climate Policy President Biden’s Executive Order, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, laid out the administration’s plan to… Read more »

The Cultivator – Winter 2021

The Winter 2021 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly print showcase, is off the press. Featuring independent journalism and stories you won’t read anywhere else; the Cultivator is mailed to supporters as a benefit of their gift. For a look at what supporters receive, download the PDF here. Highlights of this issue include: Updates to our Organic Scorecards… Read more »

Follow Cornucopia’s NOSB Coverage

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall proceedings kick off at noon ET October 13 with a public comment session continuing through October 14, followed by the public meeting October 19-21. Cornucopia supplies NOSB members with independent analyses of agenda items, relying on publicly funded research and input from authentic organic farmers, consumers, and other… Read more »

Why the USDA Should Support Climate-Smart Organic Farmers

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By Patrick Myers and Marie Burcham The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently stated its commitment to climate change mitigation. If true, the USDA must focus on improving and supporting authentic organic farmers—systems thinkers who farm with the ecology of the land in mind and work with natural systems to foster healthy soil and support… Read more »

Organics’ Relationship to Climate Change

by Marie Burcham, JD Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Introduction Discussing soil health at Vilicus Farms in MT Source: USDA, Flickr People choose organic food over conventional food for many reasons. Organic products are nutrient-dense and have fewer pesticide and other toxic chemical residues than conventional food. Organic farming offers benefits to… Read more »