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. http://www.organicconsumers.org; http://www.viaorganica.org

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 2:57pm
Fat Chance: Diet Coke Fights Obesity?
It was laughable when Coca-Cola launched a campaign to fight obesity. And even more laughable when the king of soda’s anti-obesity campaign shifted all the blame for those extra pounds to lack of exercise and chairs (yes, chairs).
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Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:37am
Genetically Modified Democracy: Monsanto and Congress Move to Stomp on Your Rights
Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more “Monsanto Riders” or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:13am
Food, Farms, Forests, and Fracking: Connecting the Dots
If ever there was a time for activist networks and the body politic to cooperate and unite forces, it's now. Global warming, driven in large part by the reckless business-as-usual practices of multi-billion-dollar fossil fuel and agribusiness corporations, has brought us to the brink of a global calamity .
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:40am
Why Labels on Genetically Engineered Foods Won’t Cost Consumers a Dime
The biotech industry, led by Monsanto, will soon descend on the state of Washington to try their best to defeat I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:30am
Cook Organic, Not the Planet
What if there were an inexpensive technology that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent or more?
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 6:40am
Domestic Fair Trade: A Plea to UNFI and Whole Foods for Justice
“The union is like having herpes. It doesn't kill you, but it's unpleasant and inconvenient, and it stops a lot of people from becoming your lover." – John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market
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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 9:30am
Climate-Friendly Food Demands Animal-Friendly Farming
A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And it's led them to this sobering conclusion: Our modern energy-, chemical- and GMO-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming.
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Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 12:46pm
In 2013, Our Fight Against GMO Food Continues
On November 6, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor’s edge of passing the first statewide mandatory labeling law for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:33am
New Year’s Revolution: Connecting the Dots, Coming Together and Fighting Like Hell
As a longtime writer and activist campaigning for decades on food and farming issues, most recently Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label genetically engineered foods, I am reminded daily of the allure, indeed the addictive pleasure, of single-issue organizing.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 8:20am
Open Letter to the Organic Community: The California Ballot Initiative to Label GMOs
After 45 years of hard work and grassroots struggle, the organic community has built up a $30-billion organic food and farming industry and community. This consumer and small farmer-driven movement, under steady attack by biotech and Big Food lobbyists, with little or no help from the federal government, has managed to create a healthy and sustainable alternative to America’s disastrous, chemical and energy-intensive system of industrial agriculture.
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