Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is a veteran activist, author, and organizer. He is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 8:00am
You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers
On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to...
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Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Crisis: Regeneration or Degeneration?
"If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will." —Dr. Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015 When literally billions of people, the 99 percent, are hungry...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 2:15pm
Factory Farm Meat: Why Vegetarians, Ranchers and Conscious Omnivores Need to Unite
For the first time since the advent of industrial agriculture, the federal government is considering advising Americans to eat “less red and processed meat.” That advice is the outcome of studies conducted by an independent panel of “experts” which was asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (...
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:30am
Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." - New York Times , Oct. 25, 1998 "[GMO] Labeling advocates say the...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7:00am
Organic Consumer Pressure Works—Stonyfield Quits International Dairy Foods Group
In the latest example of how consumers can pressure food companies to do the right thing, on Friday (December 5, 2014), Stonyfield Farm, a New Hampshire-based producer of organic milk and yogurt, became the second organic dairy company in five months to resign from the International Dairy Foods...
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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:15am
Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots
"It is easy to forget that once upon a time all agriculture was organic, grassfed and regenerative. Seed saving, composting, fertilizing with manure, polycultures, no-till and raising livestock entirely on grass—all of which we associate today with sustainable food production—was the norm in the ‘...
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
All Out for November 4th: Frankenfoods Fight at the Crossroads
On November 4, final votes will be tallied in two hard-fought and highly publicized state mandatory GMO food labeling ballot initiatives: Measure 92 in Oregon and Initiative 105 in Colorado. It is no exaggeration to say that these two crucial ballot initiatives will quite likely determine the...
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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:30pm
Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard
In 2011, we wrote an article exposing the then-popular trend in food marketing—promoting "local" foods as "sustainable," "healthy" or "natural," even when they weren’t. As we wrote at the time, “local” often means nothing more than food that has been sourced from within a prescribed geographic area...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 6:45am
The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming
If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current levels [398 ppm.] to at most 350 ppm " ~ Dr. James Hansen Since...
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Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:45am
Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs
In her June 25 keynote address to the BIO International Convention in San Diego, Calif., Hillary Clinton voiced strong support for genetic engineering and genetically engineered crops. She earned a standing ovation that day by stating that the biotech industry suffers from a public perception...
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