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Cornucopia Institute 08/02/2019 15:23
The Cornucopia Institute recently reported on troubling comments made by USDA Under Secretary Ibach at a House Agriculture Subcommittee meeting regarding the possibility of gene editing in organic. Make your voice heard by signing on below. Add Your Signature to Cornucopia’s letter: Dear Under Secretary Ibach and House Agriculture Subcommittee, USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach recently made comments before the House Agriculture Subcommittee suggesting it is time to discuss the possible allowance of certain gene-editing methods within. .
Cornucopia Institute 07/31/2019 15:39
The Cornucopia Institute is is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. Cornucopia acts as an organic industry watchdog protecting organics and alternative marketing mechanisms allowing farmers and consumers to connect. We seek to defend the integrity of the organic food label from governmental regulatory indifference as well as from agribusinesses profiteering from unethical and questionable food production and agricultural practices. Our staff are committed to ensuring that organic and local food remain true to. .
Cornucopia Institute 07/23/2019 16:51
Chlorpyrifos is a widely-used pesticide with a trail of evidence of harm to children’s brain development. Prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos is known to reduce gray matter in fetuses and subsequently to lower IQs in children. EPA research has confirmed this danger, and the chemical was slated to be banned by the Obama administration. The decision, a political football, was reached at the conclusion of Obama’s presidency, and the ban was to be enacted by the. .
Cornucopia Institute 07/12/2019 18:07
New rules put agriculture and the public at risk The USDA has recently proposed a set of rules that would allow chemical companies such as Dow and Bayer/Monsanto to determine the safety of their own products. The proposed rules, now open for public comment, would further deregulate an untrustworthy industry. Source: Flickr, UGA CAES/Extension If the rules are enacted, manufacturers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will decide for themselves whether or not to report experimental. .
Cornucopia Institute 07/09/2019 17:57
Welcome to the live chat about Cornucopia's recent report and scorecard on plant-based beverages. Posted by The Cornucopia Institute on Monday, July 8, 2019 To unmute, click on the sound icon in the lower right corner of the video. Cornucopia’s domestic policy director Marie Burcham recently offered a live Q&A on the Cornucopia Institute’s newest report “Pouring” Over Plant-Based Beverages. Burcham goes into detail on the difference between natural flavors in organic and conventional foods,. .
Cornucopia Institute 07/03/2019 17:45
The USDA’s National Organic Program has failed consumers and true organic farmers by refusing to enforce pasture requirements for organic livestock and by allowing hydroponic produce to bear the organic label. As such, add-on labels are emerging to help consumers differentiate between industrial and authentic organic. Cornucopia supports the efforts of the Real Organic Project to verify ethical farming practices. The Real Organic Project (ROP) is a grassroots, farmer-led movement created to distinguish soil-grown and. The post Add-On Label Identifies Real Organic Food appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/28/2019 08:45
The Cornucopia Institute is neutral in terms of people’s dietary choices. Our supporters’ dietary choices range from omnivores, vegetarians who consume dairy and eggs, vegans, to 100% raw. Source: Jon Fisher, Flickr But we are not neutral in terms of the quality of the food we recommend. The Impossible Burger is a plant-based and vegan burger alternative, now available in many Burger King chains in the U.S. To meet the volume requirements for such a. The post Impossible Burger Poses as Environmentally Responsible appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/27/2019 14:08
If you consume dairy, a new study from Emory University suggests you are safest drinking organic milk. In their study of 35 conventional and 34 organic milk samples, 59% of the conventional products contained chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos is a ubiquitous insecticide linked to lower levels of gray matter and IQ in children exposed prenatally. This toxin was nearly banned by an Obama-era decision with the backing of EPA scientists, but the current administration has called for. The post Avoid That Glass of Pesticides, Antibiotics, and Synthetic Hormones appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/26/2019 17:17
The summer 2019 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online. Download the PDF here. In it you’ll find: The Crisis in Organic Dairy Cornucopia Finds Its Compass Making Sense of Muckenfuss: A letter from Cornucopia’s Board President National Organic Program Muddies the Waters A Decline in Biodiversity Certifying Small Farms What’s In Your Pantry? Renaissance Family. The post The Cultivator – Summer 2019 appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/25/2019 16:48
Wild birds can be extremely beneficial to farms, as many of them feed on pest species and support a vibrant on-farm ecosystem. Unfortunately, agriculture is the leading threat to bird species facing extinction. Source: Emilie Chen, Flickr Real organic farmers encourage on-farm biodiversity, including habitat for birds. These kinds of cultural practices have wide-ranging benefits, such as providing habitat for other insect predators and pollinators and even acting as a carbon sink in some instances. The post Authentic Organic Farms Are Good for Birds appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/21/2019 17:51
In agriculture, genetic engineering has primarily been used to make crops resistant to pests and disease or able to survive the application of toxins, such as glyphosate. These traits do not occur naturally in the species in question. In practice, these genetically modified (GM) crops are poorly tested for safety, especially with respect to long term effects on the environment and human health. Safety studies are often conducted primarily by the same companies that manufacture. The post Makers of GMOs May Be Asked to Regulate Themselves appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/19/2019 19:17
The Complicated Industry May Be Incompatible with Organic Principles [This article was previously published in the spring issue of The Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter.] by Marie Burcham, JD Director of Domestic Policy at The Cornucopia Institute Consumers often note that they do not see fish with the USDA organic seal at their grocery store or fishmonger.
Cornucopia Institute 06/18/2019 14:06
Supporting local farms not only supports your local economy, it also allows you to know how your food was produced. Cornucopia encourages consumers to buy local and organic food whenever possible. Fresh food has a higher nutrient value, tastes better, and can be stored in the refrigerator longer. Our support of the best small farms also helps them remain in business and benefits the local economy. The 2019 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index was. The post How Committed Is Your State to Local Food? appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/10/2019 20:24
A new study shows a connection between low levels of exposure to the neonicotinoid clothianidin and varroa mites in honey bees. Honey bee with attached varroa mites Source: AbsoluteFolly, Flickr Honey bees are essential pollinators for many of our crops. Recently, honey bees have been experiencing colony collapses that endanger the future of both the bee itself and the food that relies on their work. Though a majority of colony losses were associated with varroa. The post Neonics Make Bees More Susceptible to Varroa Mites appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 06/03/2019 20:17
Recent discussions surrounding “organic” hydroponic operations have had the organic community in an uproar. Serious questions were raised at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting this past April regarding rumors of hydroponic operations spraying glyphosate or other pesticides on the land just prior to erecting a greenhouse and being immediately certified organic. National Organic Program (NOP) representatives did not clarify whether the three-year transition period (during which no synthetic or prohibited substances can be. The post National Organic Program Releases Clarification Regarding Glyphosate in “Organic” Hydroponic Production appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 05/31/2019 14:59
Factory farms focus on producing cheap food for huge profit gains. This comes with severe environmental and animal welfare costs that are not accounted for in the price of the meat product. Source: Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Flickr Conventional beef production has one of the largest impacts on global natural resources. It threatens clean air and water, and produces massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Even grazing cattle on public. The post Do We Have To Shun Meat to Save the Planet? appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .
Cornucopia Institute 05/30/2019 17:06
The integrity of the USDA organic seal is in jeopardy. As noted by Doug Crabtree of Vilicus Farms in the article below, we have to be more creative if we are to correct its course. The organic standards were written to be the “gold star” in agriculture. It was intended to provide consumers with assurance that products bearing the seal were grown or produced according to the highest expectations in animal husbandry and care of. The post Critical Conversations About the Future of Organic appeared first on Cornucopia Institute .

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