Linley Dixon is Farm and Food Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute. She owns a vegetable farm (marketing through a CSA, farm to school, and at farmers markets) in Durango, Colo., with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Prior to farming, she spent 15 years studying the impact of farm diversity on plant disease levels. She 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.
Why Is the Biodiversity Rule for USDA Organic Certification Not Being Enforced?
Regardless of whether a farm is certified organic or not, when you step on a real organic farm, you know it. How? Biodiversity. While surprising to many, biodiversity is not an esoteric, incalculable... MORE
Rural America · February 1, 2018
The USDA is Helping Industrial Hydroponics Water Down the Definition of Organic Farming
Ed Note: The following editorial by the senior scientist at the Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, weighs in on the ongoing debate within the organic food industry as to whether hydroponically grown... MORE
Rural America · July 14, 2017
The USDA’s Organic Seal Should Not (and Must Not) Apply to Hydroponics
Growing up, I told a skeptical family member that I wanted to be an organic farmer. He replied, “Why make life difficult for yourself by choosing a career that goes against convention?... MORE
Rural America · June 5, 2017