In 1425, Henry, a Portuguese duke, ordered the planting of a new crop on one of his territories. It was a crop that would change the world: sugar cane. The location was the formerly uninhabited Atlantic island of Madeira off the coast of North Africa. Read more.
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Released government documents show how Big Food has tried to stack a nutrition panel responsible for determining US dietary guidelines. Action Alert! An investigation by STAT News has found that an advisory committee responsible for shaping American nutrition recommendations is rife with conflicts of interest. This helps explain why the Guidelines have, for years now, continued to miss the mark on several key health issues that, if followed, would undermine our health. It is a case study in crony capitalism. Read more.
Ever since the term synthetic biology (synbio) – the genetic engineering of microorganisms to produce novel ingredients – entered our everyday lexicon, synbio developers have been searching for ways to disassociate the process from its genetic modification heritage. One of the most-often-used descriptions to make the synbio process and its novel products more normalized, acceptable, and consumer-friendly has been, “It’s just like brewing beer!” Well, we’ve now come full circle, with developers genetically engineering yeast in order to produce… wait for it… synbio beer! Read more.
Kiwifruit, which is widely cultivated in New Zealand, California, Italy, Chile, France and Greece, is known for its wealth of essential nutrients, antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds. The well-documented health benefits of this superfruit are definitely something you shouldn’t miss out on. Read more.
Anti-hunger groups are calling on Congress to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – as negotiations continue on the massive 2023 farm bill, due this fall. SNAP, known in California as Cal Fresh, provides an average benefit of $6 per person per day. Luis Guardia – president of the Food Research and Action Center – said he wants SNAP benefits to be higher, and more accessible. Read more.
The right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is crucial to health, but many people may not be aware of challenges in achieving this balance due to insufficient nutrients or genetic predisposition. Read more.
The government is making decisions about genome-edited food that prevent consumers from identifying it, exposing us to potential risks. Action Alert! Did you know that meat from a genome-edited (GE) cow could soon be in grocery stores, and it wouldn’t be distinguishable from other meat? That’s because it will likely not need to be labeled as being GE (or “bioengineered” to use the USDA’s term). Worse, the FDA has cleared this product with only cursory oversight because it believes the GE cows to be “low-risk.” Read more.
Summer is not yet over. These fresh fruits and vegetables are in season in late summer, offering big bursts of flavor and optimum nutrition. Take a peek into our late-summer produce list for a taste of the outstanding health benefits before the season ends. Read more.
If you’re one of the many organic consumers with questions or concerns about the food preservation product called Apeel, Cornucopia has answers. We believe consumers have the right to know what they are eating, not only to protect themselves but to support agricultural practices deserving of their investment. We’ve done extensive research to cut through misinformation and marketing copy. Read our guide, which includes some tips on what you can do to demand transparency around an ingredient you may not even know you’re eating. Read more.
Why is U.S. food and farming dominated by junk food peddlers like Pepsi, genetic engineering giants like Monsanto (now Bayer) and factory farm titans like Tyson Foods?Every five years, their lobbyists write a piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill that doles out billions of our tax dollars in subsidies that grease the wheels of their big-profits-from-cheap-food machine. Read more.