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Leading Wisconsin Farm Group Rejects Industry-Led "Organic Check-off"
Wisconsin Farmers Union members overwhelmingly voted no on Organic Trade Association's (OTA) proposed organic check-off program, which would create a mandatory tax on farmers, food processors, distributors and retailers engaged in organic commerce, earmarked for research and promotion related to organics.
Powerful Organic Trade/Lobby Group Recruiting Family Farmers
The Organic Trade Association is now pandering to small farmers, seeking their membership in what is really an agribusiness lobby and using their names to garner respect. The Cornucopia Institute, organic watchdog group, discusses the OTA's newest ploy in the fight for an organic check-off.
Cornucopia: USDA Maintains Pattern of Corporate Appointments
Under both the Bush and Obama administrations the USDA has violated the Organic Foods Production Act by appointing agribusiness executives, instead of those "owning or operating" a certified organic farm, to sit in seats intended to represent farmers. The Cornucopia Institute offers its analysis of recent NOSB appointees in this article.
Robo-Calls Bother Organic Farmers During Spring Planting
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.
Leading Organic Brand, Horizon, Blasted for Betraying Organics
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.
FDA Food-Safety Comments, Defending Family Farmers, Blocked: Another Fed Website SNAFU
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(1 comments)
Unveiled: GMO Labeling Opponents Come Out of the Shadows
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.
Organic Industry Watchdog: FDA Food Safety Rules Threaten to Crush the Good Food Movement
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(1 comments)
Biotech Attack GMO Labeling in WA--Organic Brands Hide Behind Lobby Group
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.
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.
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
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.