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Ronnie Cummins
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Ronnie Cummins is founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a non-profit, U.S. based network of 850,000 consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and sustainability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying. Cummins is also editor of OCA’s website www.organicconsumers.org (30,000 visitors a day) and newsletters, Organic Bytes (270,000 subscribers), and Organic View.

Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, labor, consumer, environmental, and sustainable agriculture campaigns. Over the past decades he has served as director of US and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and the Global Days of Action Against GMOs. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins organized the SOS (Save Organic Standards) Campaign, spearheading the largest consumer grassroots backlash against the US Department of Agriculture in recent history. He is also a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad. Cummins has published numerous articles and authored a series of children’s books called Children of the World. Cummins’ most recent book is Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Second Revised Edition Marlowe & Company 2004). He lives with his wife and 12 year-old son in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, headquarters of the OCA in Mexico, as well as in Finland, Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Entries by Ronnie Cummins

Corporate Clout Chips Away at Organic Standards

(9) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:11 PM

The Organic Consumers Association has a long history of defending the integrity of organic standards.

Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporate interests represented by the Organic Trade Association, made our job harder.

They also made it more important than ever for consumers...

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New FDA Food Label Rules Ignore the GMO Elephant in the Room

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:01 PM

On February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a media blitz to tout the FDA's proposed new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods. Both the FDA and Mrs. Obama trumpeted the changes, the first in 20 years and 10 years in the making, as being designed to...

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Is Your Food Cooking The Planet?

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:25 PM

This blog is part of a series that explores the themes and issues raised in Farmed and Dangerous, a 4-part satirical web series exploring issues related to the food system and industrial agriculture. If you're interested in joining the conversation, please contact us at FoodForThought@huffingtonpost.com.

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The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Facing the Xtremes

After seven generations of industrial Business as Usual -- burning up fossil fuels, waging war on nature and public health, and discharging greenhouse gas pollution into the atmosphere like there's no tomorrow -- we've peaked. Held hostage energy corporations, make-believe terrorist threats, and indentured politicians, we...

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What's Wrong With Local Food? Local and Organic Food and Farming: The Gold Standard

(22) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 6:27 PM

More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, local as a marketing claim has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number will...

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Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions

(12) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 10:10 AM

My recent expose, "The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?" has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we resign ourselves to the fact that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis controls the dynamics of the marketplace and public...

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The Organic Elite Surrenders To Monsanto: What Now?

(217) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 9:56 AM

February 3, 2011 - Ronnie responds to reader comments with a new article (submitted but not yet published here at Huffington Post): Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions

"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a...

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USDA Recommends "Coexistence" with Monsanto: We Say Hell No!

(25) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 11:50 AM

TAKE ACTION: Stop GMO Contamination of Organic! http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=14469696

"If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it."
Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March...

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The Road Ahead: Steps Toward a Global Uprising

(10) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 8:33 AM

December 7, 2010, Cancún, Mexico - On a beautiful sunny morning, marching down the Avenida Tulúm, our five thousand strong brigade of climate change activists, armed with colorful flags, hats, signs, and banners, supercharged with lively music and drummers, are making our voices heard: "Cambie el sistema, no la clima"...

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The Road to Cancún: Good News on the Climate Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 2:12 PM

The Good News: Growth of the Global Grassroots

Dolores Hildalgo, Mexico - Sunday November 28

On a beautiful sunny afternoon several hundred campesinos and community activists have gathered in the Alameda or central park of Dolores Hildalgo, Guanajuato. People are assembled here today, in the high desert agricultural heartland of...

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Is It Organic?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 9:29 AM

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is holding its twice-yearly standards-setting meeting in Madison, WI, this week. Organic Consumers Association's Political Director, Alexis Baden-Mayer, is there. Here's her live blog.

8:28 am - Over the last twelve years the OCA has been forced to organize a series of national campaigns...

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Proposed Sulfite Amendment Weakens Organic Standards

(6) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 5:07 PM

This article was written by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association's Political Director. Take action to keep synthetic sulfites out of organic wine: Consumer Alert: Organic Wine Standards Under Attack.

The USDA organic standards exist to ensure consumers that the food and agricultural products they are purchasing have been...

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Industrial Agriculture and Human Survival: The Road Beyond 10/10/10

(15) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 3:23 PM

Despite decades of deception and mystification, a critical mass at the grassroots is waking up. A new generation of food and climate activists understands that greenhouse gas-belching fossil fuels, industrial food and farming, and our entire global economy pose a mortal threat, not just to our present health and well...

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10 Freakiest Things About Frankenfish

(19) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 6:20 PM

This article was written by the Organic Consumers Association's Political Director, Alexis Baden-Mayer. To take action to stop Frankenfish, please click here.

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Kellogg's Loves Genetically Engineered Foods

(36) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:16 PM

Kellogg's Tells Consumers Why They Love Their Monsanto-Made Frankenfoods

Members of the Organic Consumers Association who recently joined the group's Kellogg's boycott, received this letter from Christina Calleros, Kellogg's "Consumer Specialist":

Thank you for your comments regarding the use of biotechnology ingredients. Like you, we want only the best...
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Top 10 Reasons to Use Organic Cosmetics

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Non-Organic Cosmetics...

10. Fuel Oil Addiction

There's an oil spill leaking from U.S. bathrooms that's roughly the same size as the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It's coming from the petrochemical-based cosmetics we're rubbing into our hair and skin and rinsing down the drain.

9. Spawn...

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Three Food Policies to Solve the Climate Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 5:52 PM

This is an excerpt from Food Agenda 2020: The Organic Alternative.

The future of life on this planet may depend on what we eat. Factory farmed junk food is the #1 cause of climate change, but we can save the planet by going organic.

The greenhouse gas emissions...

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Top 10 Reasons to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

(1050) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 4:51 PM


Ask Your Congresspersons to Cosponsor HR 5577, Representative Kucinich's Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act!

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Monsanto's Permit to Poison Us

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 4:28 PM

Dan Quayle couldn't spell potato, but he made sure they'd be genetically engineered. Here's how Monsanto got their permit to poison us:

On May 26, 1992, George Bush's Vice-President, Dan Quayle, proclaimed the Bush administration's new policy on bioengineered food.


"The reforms we announce today will speed up...

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The Unholy Alliance: Monsanto, Dupont & Obama

(25) Comments | Posted July 11, 2010 | 8:47 PM

President Obama knows that agribusiness cannot be trusted with the policy and regulatory powers of government. On the campaign trail in 2007, he promised:

We'll tell ConAgra that it's not the Department of Agribusiness. It's the Department of Agriculture. We're going to put the people's interests ahead of...
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