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, 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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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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