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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Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:04am
Message from Rio: Unite and Survive
“ The problem goes beyond parties and politicians. It’s the system . . . . All our politicians are in the pocket of elites who own, lobby, litigate, bully and bribe their way into every element of our lives. Even single cell organisms unite and fight for survival when their species is threatened. ” - Kim Hunter , British Columbia Artist and Activist
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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 1:15pm
What About the State of Our Planet, Mr. President?
In his state of the union address this week, President Obama talked about the American promise - the promise that if you worked hard, you could do well enough to raise a family, own a home, send your kids to college, and put a little away for retirement. “The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive,” he said. “No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important.”
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 10:11am
Put the Fat Cats on a Diet: Stop Buying Tainted Food From Billion Dollar Corporations
“I have not spoken to one farmer who doesn’t understand the message of Occupy Wall Street, the message that so many people keep saying is nebulous. It’s very clear. Because of business and corporate participation in agriculture, farmers are losing their livelihoods… And if it goes on like this, all we’re going to have to eat in this country is unregulated, imported, genetically modified produce. That’s not a healthy food system.” Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic farmer.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:54am
The California Ballot Initiative: Standing Up to Monsanto
"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 7, 1994
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Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 8:38am
Approaching the Collapse: Don’t Panic, Go Organic
So-called “business as usual” is neither sustainable, nor even possible, for much longer. Out-of-control energy corporations, Wall Street, the Pentagon, agribusiness/biotech corporations, and indentured politicians have driven us to the brink. They tell us: don’t worry; trust the experts, things will soon return to “normal.” But reality and common sense tell a different story.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 9:35am
Beyond Frankenfoods and Toxics: OCA’s Ten Reasons to Buy Organic
Organic foods and products are the fastest growing items in America's grocery carts. Thirty million households, comprising 75 million people, are now buying organic foods, clothing, body care, supplements, pet food, and other products on a regular basis. Fifty-six percent of U.S. consumers say they prefer organic foods. Here are 10 reasons why you should buy organic foods and products:
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Friday, August 12, 2011 - 2:13pm
The Icebergs Cometh: Retaking USA Titanic Before the 2012 Elections
In the wake of a super-nova of exploded hope in President Obama, a power vacuum is now spinning in our political universe. A desperate need to fill the void (lest it someday be filled with a babbling Bachmann or weeping Boehner) has led to a frenzy of organizing among Democrats and Progressives.
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Friday, August 5, 2011 - 8:31am
Whole Paycheck and Organic Food Deserts: The Challenge
After decades of grassroots public education, battles to safeguard standards, and hard work, organic food and farming has become the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture. Organics have surged in popularity to become a $30 billion dollar industry in the United States, representing approximately four percent of total grocery store sales and 12% of fresh fruit and vegetable sales, growing at the rate of 10-20% a year, in comparison to a growth rate of 2-3% a year for so-called “conventional” (i.e. chemical and genetically engineered) food.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:28am
Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath
"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 7, 1994
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Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:54am
The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times
"In just a few short months, we’ve witnessed people power in action. From the Middle East to the Midwest, movements have risen up to overturn tired dogma and challenge entrenched power. Many of us were inspired by these events. And many of us were surprised. Perhaps we were growing skeptical that people power could still work.
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