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(3 comments) Friday, February 6, 2015 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.
(4 comments) Thursday, October 23, 2014 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.
(1 comments) Saturday, September 20, 2014 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.
(1 comments) Saturday, June 21, 2014 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.
(2 comments) Sunday, February 16, 2014 Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again
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.
(2 comments) Saturday, February 15, 2014 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.
(2 comments) Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers the Right to Self-Defense from Monsanto Abuse
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.
(1 comments) Tuesday, November 12, 2013 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.
(1 comments) Thursday, October 24, 2013 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.
(5 comments) Thursday, September 19, 2013 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.
(1 comments) Monday, September 16, 2013 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.