Organic Consumers Association

Campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy
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TODAY'S FEATURES:

  • Want to rid the world of toxic chemicals? There’s no better place to start than in your own community. But how does an “ordinary” citizen with no political experience get the ball rolling?

    With our friends at Beyond Pesticides, we’ve created an online tool that lets you see which communities in the U.S. have already banned or restricted the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides. You’ll even find the full text for each law—so instead of starting from scratch, you can just replicate or adapt existing laws for your own community.

    More than 115 communities in 21 states have passed ordinances to protect their citizens from exposure to toxic chemicals—and in almost all those cases, it was a citizen-led group, not a city lawmaker, who led the charge.

    Check out the newly launched Map of Local Pesticide Reform Policies, then sign up to learn how you can get started in your community. The map will be updated regularly. If your city, county or state has passed legislation but you’re not on the map, contact info@beyondpesticides.org.

    TAKE ACTION: Put your city on the map! Learn how you can make your community pesticide-free

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  • December 9, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    Reporters and activists are, rightfully so, holding up the Standing Rock victory as a shining example of how, by breaking out of our single-issue and limited-constituency silos, and standing our common ground against corporations and politicians, we create a powerful synergy capable of protecting our common home.

    Let’s replicate this model of solidarity and resistance over and over as we face what could well turn out to be the greatest threats in modern history to our health, our environment and our basic rights.

    But let’s not stop there.

    What if instead of declaring victory and moving on to the next battle, we could leave the Standing Rock community with the inspiration and tools and resources to restore their land to the fertile, biodiverse, productive resource that it once was?

    What if, instead of limiting ourselves to staving off the next attack, we applied ourselves, with equal passion, to the task of collaborating with the water protectors to build the foundation for a cleaner, healthier environment, a healthier and stronger community, and improved economic and climate stability?

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  • December 1, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Katherine Paul

    If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

    President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed "leaders" supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.

    So much for “draining the swamp.” And so much for an easy road to forward progress on food, ag and climate policy during the next four years under our future fast-food leader. 

    We've outlined six of the reasons we'll need to ramp up the #ConsumerRevolution under the Trump Administration.

    A word of warning. The new crop of Monsanto's minions in the Trump administration have rebranded Monsanto's pesticide-and chemical-intensive degenerative agriculture as "American" agriculture. Don't be surprised if they brand you "anti-American" for criticizing it.

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  • Are you a fan of pesticide-free food and clean water? Think your tax dollars should subsidize organic regenerative agriculture, not Monsanto’s toxic degenerative agriculture? Then you won't like the direction things are headed under the Trump administration.

    Here’s what we know so far about President-Elect Donald Trump’s picks for leadership posts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Based on their track records, Trump’s appointees will likely let companies like Monsanto dictate food, agriculture and environmental policy.

    The only thing standing between Monsanto and near-total control of the USDA and EPA? The U.S. Senate, whose job it is to approve about 1,100 presidential nominees before Trump’s cast of characters can step into their new posts. Discouraged or not, it's our job to pressure the Senate to reject any appointee who won't commit to doing his or her job—which is to protect public health, not Monsanto.

    TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators, Don’t Let Monsanto Run the USDA and EPA!

     

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  • November 22, 2016
    Organic Consumers Association
    by Ronnie Cummins

    On November 9, members of the Organic Consumers Association and our Regeneration International team woke up in Marrakesh, Morocco, to the sobering news that Donald Trump would be the next president of the U.S.
     
    News that an unabashed climate denier, with help from a Republican-controlled Congress, would soon control policies governing climate, food, agriculture and so much more reverberated throughout the COP22 Global Climate Summit where we, and thousands of people from around the world, were gathered.
     
    We were briefly tempted to descend into despair. But once we caught our breath, and as we looked around us at all the inspiring work being done, all the collaboration taking place, the minds and hearts and hands working in unison to heal our planet, we bounced back.
     
    The road ahead, the path toward abundant nutritious food for all, toward healthy economies and communities, toward healing a planet in crisis, may not be easy. But it’s a journey that has great potential to heal so much, and so many, on so many levels.
     
    In his Letter from Marrakesh, Ronnie reflects on where we are, where we’re headed, and how we can all be part of the Regeneration Revolution.

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CAMPAIGNS

  • Protect bees and other pollinators by choosing organic food, grown without toxic insecticides, and by planting bee-friendly gardens.

  • The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign was started by OCA in the mid 1990s to fight back against Monsanto and the other Biotech Bullies responsible for poisoning our food and environment.

  • Industrial agriculture, with its factory farms, GMO monculture crops and toxic chemicals, is one of the leading causes of global warming. You can help cool the planet by choosing organic foods, grown using sustainable, regenerative farming practices.  

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