What Unfolding Policy Means for Happy Calves On Authentic Organic Farms

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A new rule is coming. And it’s desperately needed to ensure that healthy calves from organic cows grow up eating grass alongside their relatives. That scenario is commonplace among Cornucopia’s five-cow-rated dairies. But in industrialized organic dairies, scofflaws have long flouted existing  “origin of livestock” rules, continuously transitioning conventional animals into production despite the fact that the organic… Read more »

The Cultivator – Winter 2020

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The Winter 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF. In it you’ll find: Why I farm, by Cornucopia Board President Cameron Molberg Exposing Organic Grain Fraud North Dakota Seed Breeders, Prairie Road Organic Seed Welcoming Back Charlotte Vallaeys We Need You Revisiting the Origin of Livestock Rule

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

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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 »

Origin of Livestock Rule Crawls Through Regulatory Mire

The crisis in organic dairy is ongoing, with many family scale organic farms barely staying afloat or already out of business. Source: Taylor Bennett, Flickr Ethical farmers believe this crisis is perpetuated by differing applications of the “origin of livestock” rules in the organic standards. And some certifiers do appear to allow their dairy clients… Read more »