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 Kestrel 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 »

Cornucopia’s Kastel Calls Scale of Organic Fraud “Jaw-Dropping”

Cornucopia’s Take: Three Nebraska farmers sold their conventional as organic grain to a Missouri man who subsequently marketed it as organic—to the tune of $140 million. The farmers are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in October. Randy Constant, the grain marketer and alleged leader of the scheme, was charged with wire fraud and is due in… Read more »

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday November 27

Giving Tuesday, the annual international day of charitable giving held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is less than a week away! Once again, Cornucopia will be joining thousands of organizations to amplify our collective efforts and celebrate our accomplishments while strengthening our resolve to continue the good fight with your support. While many are focused… Read more »

The Future Policy Award goes to Sikkim, India

Cornucopia’s Take: The U.S. has been very slow to implement policies that would encourage organic agriculture, focusing instead on organic as a marketing tool. Countries around the world are beginning to recognize the benefits organic farms bring to all species. Watch the video below for a message of hope for the future of agriculture and… Read more »

We Owe These Farmers …

Dear Cornucopia members and supporters, Pat Slattery of Middle Ridge, Wisconsin is the self-professed Brussels Sprout King of the Midwest. Pat has long been dedicated to high-quality wholesale and retail organics, as the photo indicates, and supportive of the community of farmers. We have been friends for over two decades—thank you to the Slattery family… Read more »

Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in St. Paul, MN #NOSB

Join The Cornucopia Institute as we keep you informed via live tweet and web updates from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in St. Paul, MN October 24-26. We will be sharing the play by play both below and with our Twitter followers, at #NOSB or by simply following our stream. For background on issues up… Read more »

New Study: Organic Diet Lowers Cancer Risk

Cornucopia’s Take: A new French study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that people who reported eating more organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer. It is noteworthy that those who ate mostly organic food were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma,  the type of cancer suffered by DeWayne Johnson. You may recall that… Read more »