For Immediate Release
OCA's Mexico-Based Via Organica Project Approved for Membership in Consumers International
WASHINGTON - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today announced that its Mexico-based sister organization, Via Organica, has been approved for membership in Consumers International, the largest network of consumer organizations in the world.
“Membership in Consumers International positions our Mexico-based network, Via Organica, for greater participation in global consumer campaigns,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association. “Via Organica is expanding its grassroots public education and mobilization activities in Mexico. By joining this international group of more than 250 consumer advocacy organizations, we will collectively be able to promote organic food and farming and exert greater marketplace pressure, on a global scale, in order to hold corporations accountable for their products and activities.”
Via Organica, based in San Miguel de Allende [and Mexico City] was established in 2009 as a sister organization of the OCA to educate and mobilize Mexico’s growing organic farm and consumer movement. Originally funded by the OCA, Via Organica’s organic market, restaurant, farm school and campaign staff are now largely self-sustaining.
Current campaigns of Via Organica and its Mexico allies include successful litigation to stop the commercial planting of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn, education around the hazards of GMOs and seeds, and the launch of an international boycott against Coke, Monsanto, Bimbo and other food brands who are members of the U.S.-based, pro-GMO Grocery Manufacturers Association.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.