Mark Kastel

Mark Kastel is co-founder of The Cornucopia Institute, a progressive farm policy research group based in Wisconsin and acts as its Senior Farm Policy Analyst. He directs its Organic Integrity Project.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Thinking Outside the Processed Foods Box—Health and Safety Advantages of Organic Food
I have enjoyed a virtually exclusive organic diet for the past 30 years. But I was deeply unsettled by a September 4 New York Times article and a similar Associated Press story casting doubt on the value of an organic diet.
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Organic Dairy Farms Being Crushed by Factory Operations
Family farmers who produce organic milk are petitioning for the swift adoption of new strict rule-making that would rein in the abuses of a handful of factory farms, which are violating both the spirit and letter of the federal organic law. The pending rewrite of the organic livestock standards, with an emphasis on assuring compliance with provisions that require grazing for dairy cows, is under review at the Office of Management and Budget, where the administration is being heavily lobbied by industrial farming interests to water down the rules.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Paint It Green—with Recycled, Phony Rhetoric
Market researchers seem to have decided that promoting the "green" attributes of your company or products will resonate with consumers. There was certainly an overabundance of promotions in the lead-up to Earth Day this year. And, in terms of marketing, Earth Day alone is not enough. We now celebrate "Earth Week!"
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