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I work for The Cornucopia Institute. We are a non-profit that works to protect sustainable/organic food and small-scale farming. We often write press releases surrounding what is happening in the industry and what our research discovers. You can visit our website to see this news plus news from others in the industry that we post: www.cornucopia.org. I love my job and support our staff and our mission a great deal, and have decided to share our news on opednews.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014     

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Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance
(1 comments) The Cornucopia Institute calls on the USDA to make National Organic Standards Board applicant list available to the public. Pending their sharing the whole list, Cornucopia offers a list of known applicants based on their research.

Thursday, July 17, 2014     

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WHITE HOUSE PETITION: Ask Obama to Reverse USDA Coup Undermining NOSB, Shifting Power to Agribusiness
(1 comments) The Cornucopia Institute is petitioning President Obama to roll back the USDA power grab which curtailed the authority of the National Organic Standards Board and crippled the sunset review process. Please sign!

Saturday, June 21, 2014     

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Robo-Calls Bother Organic Farmers During Spring Planting
(1 comments) Without the support of farmers, the OTA continues to push for an organic check-off program, employing annoying robo-calling. Farmer organizations and farmers are working together to stop the check-off and to alert Congress to the misleading information OTA supplies.

Saturday, May 10, 2014     

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Turmoil Shakes National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Texas
(2 comments) The spring NOSB meeting in San Antonio was contentious, protested and not as fruitful as some may have hoped. But it did keep the door open for further discussion of the future of organics.

Friday, February 21, 2014     

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NewsRelease: Agribusiness Participation at Nation's Largest Organic Conference Stirs Controversy
(1 comments) A prominent organic industry watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, has called on event sponsors to cancel an appearance by an employee of one of the largest corporate agribusinesses involved in organics, WhiteWave, calling them an unethical "perennial bad actor" in the organic marketplace.

Sunday, February 16, 2014     

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Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again
(2 comments) Cornucopia, an organic industry watchdog, charges that the USDA allowed Dean Foods and its WhiteWave subsidiary to, allegedly, operate a giant factory farm dairy that has been illegally disadvantaging the nation's family-scale dairy producers.

Saturday, February 15, 2014     

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Leading Organic Brand, Horizon, Blasted for Betraying Organics
(2 comments) WhiteWave Foods has betrayed organics, introducing non-organic grocery products under their Horizon label. WhiteWave/Horizon joins a long line of corporate agribusinesses that have intentionally blurred the line between products they offer with all certified organic ingredients and others sold in similar packaging but containing materials that would never be accepted for use under the USDA organic seal.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014     

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Subterfuge: FDA Phase-Out of Antibiotics for Animal-Growth Purposes Ineffective, Will Disadvantage Small Farmers
(2 comments) Decries The Cornucopia Institute: FDA draft guidance on antibiotic use in livestock is voluntary and would only rebrand antibiotic uses currently labeled as growth promotion as disease prevention.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014     

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Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers the Right to Self-Defense from Monsanto Abuse
(2 comments) The U.S. Supreme Court denied farmers the right to argue their case in court and gain protection from potential abuse by the agrichemical and genetic engineering giant Monsanto on January 13 in the landmark federal lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013     

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FDA Food-Safety Comments, Defending Family Farmers, Blocked: Another Fed Website SNAFU
(1 comments) The Cornucopia Institute is engaged in research and educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture. Through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, The Cornucopia Institute provides needed information to family farmers, consumers, stakeholders involved in the good-food movement, and media.

Thursday, October 24, 2013     

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Unveiled: GMO Labeling Opponents Come Out of the Shadows
(1 comments) Proposition I-522 has become the most expensive initiative campaign in Washington's history. The high-priced battleground is pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations. The Cornucopia Institute's I-522 shopper's guide shows how companies have supported I-522--or not.

Friday, October 11, 2013     

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Fed Shutdown Forces Ceasefire in Organic War: USDA Louisville Meeting Canceled
(1 comments) As collateral damage spreads, with Congress continuing at loggerheads over a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government, the newest victims include farmers and consumers who depend on the USDA to oversee the propriety and integrity of the organic industry.

Thursday, September 19, 2013     

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Organic Industry Watchdog: FDA Food Safety Rules Threaten to Crush the Good Food Movement
(5 comments) According to a new white paper by The Cornucopia Institute, the FDA's draft rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are so off the mark that they might economically crush the country's safest farmers while ignoring the root threats to human health: manure contaminated with deadly infectious pathogens generated on "factory" livestock farms and high-risk produce-processing practices.

Monday, September 16, 2013     

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Biotech Attack GMO Labeling in WA--Organic Brands Hide Behind Lobby Group
(1 comments) Proposition I-522, a citizen's initiative on the ballot on November 5 in Washington state, would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients on food packages. It has become the latest battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

Thursday, May 9, 2013     

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Not Good Enough for Pet Food: Chinese Organic Food Scrutinized at Congressional Hearing
Mark Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute, testified on May 8 before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats regarding concerns being raised about imports of food from China that are entering the U.S.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013     

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NEW REPORT: Food Additive (Carrageenan) Suspected in GI Disease/Tumors---FDA asked to pull from Market
(2 comments) The Cornucopia Institute's new report, Carrageenan: How a "Natural" Food Additive Is Making Us Sick," and shopping guide to carrageenan-free products, are available on Cornucopia's website. Carrageenan is a highly processed additive extracted from red seaweed, linked in the diet of laboratory animals to gastrointestinal disease, including col

Wednesday, December 19, 2012     

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PRESS RELEASE: A Yummy Gift Idea: Foodies Pick Most Appetizing Books
Despite the controversial November 6 defeat of California's Proposition 37 that would have required labeling for genetically engineered food, many food-conscious consumers across the nation continue their interest in self-education on food and farming issues. A question posted on Cornucopia's Facebook page asked visitors what books they'd recently read and would recommend on food-related topics.

Thursday, December 6, 2012     

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ACTION ALERT: Fight to Keep Gimmicky Synthetic Nutrients from Polluting Organic Food
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comment on a rule that would continue its policy of allowing the indiscriminate and illegal addition of synthetic nutrients to organic foods.

Saturday, December 1, 2012     

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Organic: Food Justice for the 99% (Response to Time Magazine/Dr. Oz denigration of organic consumers)
(5 comments) As Americans become increasingly aware of the story behind conventional foods--the ecologically destructive monoculture fields, the petrochemical fertilizers, the toxic pesticides and dangerous fumigants--the agrochemical industry has launched an all-out media offensive against the booming organic industry.

Friday, August 12, 2011     

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USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability which goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing without specific disease threats. The rule has raised significant concerns among family farm and ranch advocates, who accuse the agency of failing to provide a coherent, factual explanation of the program's necessity.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011     

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Family Farmers Amplify Legal Complaint Against Monsanto's GMOs
New threats by Monsanto have led to the filing of an amended complaint by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) in its suit on behalf of family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seed.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010     

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(Not) Crying over Spilt Soymilk --- Organic Farmers Celebrating Victory over Corporate Agribusiness
(1 comments) It's not often that family-scale farmers can go toe-to-toe with a $12 billion agribusiness and come out victors. But organic soybean producers, and a modestly scaled but powerful ally, The Cornucopia Institute, are claiming victory over Dean Foods in the organic marketplace.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010     

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The Elephant (Poop) in the Room -The Relationship between the Current Egg Brouhaha and True Cause of Food Contamination
(3 comments) The relatively new phenomena of nationwide pathogenic outbreaks, be they from salmonella or E. coli variants, are intimately tied to the fecal contamination of our food supply and the intermingling of millions of unhealthy animals. It's one of the best kept secrets in the modern livestock industry. Mountains of manure are piling up at our nation's mammoth industrial-scale "factory farms."

Thursday, August 12, 2010     

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Federal Court Victory: Almond Farmers Can Challenge USDA Pasteurization Rule
(1 comments) A federal appeals court ruled today, overturning a lower court decision, that a group of California almond farmers have the right to challenge a USDA regulation requiring the treatment of their raw almonds with a toxic fumigant or steam heat prior to sale to consumers.