Patrick Timpone



Linley Dixon, Ph.D

Farm and Food Policy Analyst; and Lead Scientist for The Cornucopia Institute

Top 10 USDA Organic Crimes


The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.

Linley Dixon owns a vegetable farm (marketing through a CSA, farm to school, and at farmers markets) in Durango, Colorado, with her husband Peter and 4-year-old daughter Raina. Prior to farming, she spent 15 years studying the impact of farm diversity on plant disease levels. Collecting and studying plant diseases on varied farms throughout the world has provided perspective on the various inputs required given different production practices.
Linley holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Plant and Soil Science through West Virginia University’s Organic Farm Project. In addition, she held a 2-year post-doctorate with the USDA’s Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory where she used DNA sequencing and cloning techniques to identify fungal plant pathogens from around the world. Linley is actively involved in supporting the local farm movement in Durango and in her spare time enjoys pruning tomatoes to one main stem.

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Show Highlights:

-NOP – National Organic Program – is program to oversee organic standards. Big producers have moved into organics; this has resulted in different interpretations of the law. Cornucopia makes scorecards to inform the consumer of what is truly organic.

-Non-GMO label is not a better alternative. Organic label provides more protection – against chemicals, production practices, and GMOs.

-Organic law requires pasture for dairy during the growing season, which is a minimum of 120 days. Larger operations are keeping high producing cows inside all the time, with 3-4 milkings a day. Can make it look legal on paper by having other cows on pasture all the time. Farmers moving all their cows in from pasture can only milk twice a day. Cornucopia scorecard differentiates these producers.

-Current concern of fracking water being recycled into irrigation water.

-Can’t feed GMO grain under organic standards. But can apply manure from GMO-fed cattle onto soil and still be considered organic. Danger of persistent chemicals in the soil.

-Concerns about industry practices of 1) extraction of soybean oil with benzene solvents 2) Carageenan added to provide texture consistency. Both practices violate organic standards and are elements of the Cornucopia scorecard ratings.

-Need to eliminate GMOs on a regional basis to eliminate GMO drift onto organic crops.

-Improper grass-fed beef is a concern. Cornucopia has limited resources to investigate consumer complaints.

-Consumers can ask Cornucopia to rate a specific product.

and more!!

linley dixon and the state of organic standards and gmo’s today, january 5, 2017

'Linley Dixon, Ph.D – Farm and Food Policy Analyst; and Lead Scientist for The Cornucopia Institute Talks USDA Organic Crimes and Other Assaults On Our Food Supply – January 5, 2017' have 3 comments

  1. January 6, 2017 @ 2:46 pm Werner Heiber

    The interview with Linley Dixon provides an outstanding overview of today’s organic agriculture and its challenges when large corporations are taking over the industry from the original local farmers.


  2. January 8, 2017 @ 12:55 am Lucretia

    While I appreciate labeling that specifies something was organically grown and such is so vital now with how dangerous glyphosate is to our health, what frustrates me is we have to pay a higher price for our foods as the farmer has to pay big time to get there foods label organic. It should be the other way around; all famers who use pesticides and petrochemical foods should have meticulous inspection testing levels of chemicals on their product and that figure go on to the label before anyone is allowed to buy it.
    Would that not be a wonderful world?


    • January 10, 2017 @ 11:42 am Nemo

      That would have to be where the money is. Altruism doesn’t feed the family.


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