Action Alert: Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Re-Opened for Comment

Calf

Comment by December 2 [This action alert is over.] Under pressure from organic dairy farmers, farmer and consumer groups, and Congress, the National Organic Program (NOP) recently re-opened the comment period for the 2015 proposed rule on Origin of Livestock. Despite overwhelming support in 2015 for closing this loophole via the proposed Origin of Livestock… Read more »

Commercial Agriculture Research Finds Chemicals Are Better for the Environment?

Bare Soil

You may have seen the study suggesting that organic agriculture actually creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional agriculture. The Cornucopia Institute has observed research on this topic often comes from an industrial agriculture viewpoint. For more on this issue, read “Big Ag’s Long Arms in Scientific Research.”

Renaissance Family

Weatherbury Mill

The Prevailing Winds of Weatherbury Farm [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Rachel Zegerius, Assistant Director of Development and Communications at The Cornucopia Institute Nestled in the tightly woven hills of the Washington Valley, 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rest the rolling pastures of Weatherbury… Read more »

Certifying Small Farms

The Challenges and How Consumers Can DIY [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] Farmers markets are in full swing. Whenever possible, we urge consumers to support certified organic farm vendors first. But not all small-scale farmers choose to certify. To help determine if these non-certified farms still… Read more »

What’s In Your Pantry?

Mother and Child at Grocery Store

Cornucopia Wants to Know  [This article was previously published in the summer issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Anne Ross, JD, Director of International Policy at The Cornucopia Institute For Cornucopia’s team, every workday reminds us of our mission to safeguard organic integrity. This mission is built on values we share with each other,… 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 »

NOP Allows Glyphosate in “Organic” Hydroponic Production

Cornucopia’s Take: The Real Organic Project has brought to light a shocking practice in large-scale, “organic,” hydroponic production. Many of these facilities are being built on land that has been compacted and doused with herbicides, including glyphosate. While the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) uncomfortably insists that this practice is legal because the prohibited substances… Read more »

New Report Puts Farmers Back in Charge of Organic Certification

USDA Has “Willfully Failed” on Congressional Mandate to Prevent Fraud When farmers lobbied Congress to pass the Organic Foods Production Act in 1990, their intention was to create a level playing field in the market and to affirm the credibility of organic labeling in the eyes of consumers. Unfortunately, according to a newly released report… Read more »

Organic Farmers Improve Ecosystem Services

Benefiting Communities and the Planet This article was previously published in the winter issue of  The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute Source: AdobeStock The benefits that a healthy, functioning environment provides for humanity are called ecosystem services. For example, forest ecosystems provide the service… Read more »