For years OCA, Regeneration International and our allies, including the ETC Group and Organics International (IFOAM), have exposed the destructive, routinely-hidden costs of our chemical, energy-intensive, GMO, and hyper-processed/junk food system.The pernicious but profitable U.S. food and farming system feeding our supersized/supersick nation continues to be subsidized with billions of dollars in public funds. These bi-partisan, ongoing subsidies guarantee the profits of Big Food and Big Ag, chemical, pharma, and genetic engineering transnationals, with little or no consideration for the catastrophic damage to public health, the environment, climate, and the livelihoods of food workers, small farmers, and rural communities—both at home and abroad.Health damages that are directly caused by America’s food and farming system include a chronic disease epidemic (cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, et al.) that has doubled since 1980, as well as the extraordinarily high hospitalization and death rates triggered by COVID-19 and its underlying chronic disease comorbidities.Environmental damages include excessive greenhouse gas emissions (more than a third of which come from our food system); water pollution; and loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity.These collateral damages (estimated at more than two trillion dollars a year) are categorized as “externalities,” costs or damages to be paid for by consumers and taxpayers, rather than the debts owed to society by polluters and perpetrators of so-called “modern” food and farming. Things are so dire that now, even the global elite, in this case The Rockefeller Foundation, are sounding the alarm on the multi-trillion-dollar collateral damage of Big Food and Big Ag. Although the recent Rockefeller Foundation report outlines over two trillion dollars in collateral damages arising from US industrial food and farming, this is in fact a underestimate, leaving out damages from pesticides and damage to our children’s health for example.Learn more: True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System
In a previous essay, the ETC Group—OCA’s longtime ally against Monsanto and GMOs—gives us a clear picture of who actually produces most of the food for the world, and who preserves the seeds, regenerative practices, and biodiversity necessary for our survival.As ETC points out: 70% of the population—4.5–5.5 billion of the world’s 7.5 billion people—depend on the peasant or small farmer, herder, or producer food web for most or all of their food.
• Almost all of the 3.5 billion rural people. This also includes millions of peasants in the North and their allies in community-shared agriculture or fisheries cooperatives.• An estimated 1 billion urban food producers (gardens, fish and livestock).• Most of the 800 million people worldwide that depend on fishing or small-scale fisheries for their food and livelihood.• Hundreds of millions more who regularly turn to the Web in times of scarcity.
Read More: Who Will Feed Us?
Now that Bill Gates has become the most powerful billionaire on Earth, dictating global public health, pandemic policies, and Big Pharma practices, he wants to control what the world eats and farms as well, with a heavy emphasis on genetic engineering, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, patented seeds, and lab-created meat and animal products. Although Gates is now one of the US’s largest farmland owners, he’s putting most of his emphasis for the moment on Africa, the last agricultural frontier and colony—with disastrous results. As OCA’s ally, US Right to Know, points out:
“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent nearly $6 billion on agricultural development, with a key focus on transforming African agriculture by transitioning farmers to patented seeds and fossil-fuel based fertilizers to grow staple crops for the global market. Leading experts in food security and hundreds of groups in Africa and around the world say the foundation’s market-based agricultural development strategies are aiding multinational corporations more than small farmers and communities in Africa, even as hunger and inequality worsen.”
Read More: Critiques of Gates Foundation Agricultural Interventions in Africa
OCA, Regeneration International, and hundreds of non-profit, public interest organizations around the world have announced that we will be boycotting the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit in New York, which has been hijacked by Bill Gates, industrial agriculture corporations, and the genetic engineering industry.As Stacy Malkin from US Right to Know explains:
“For over a year, the Food Systems Summit has sparked criticism, protests and calls for boycotts from food security experts, UN insiders and hundreds of organizations from Africa and other countries. A chief concern of the critics is the dominant role of large corporations and private donors, including the Gates Foundation, which are pushing a narrow set of approaches for profit-driven agricultural development. African groups described the approach as “business-as-usual, quick-technofix policy prescriptions of the agribusiness agendas.” What is needed instead, these groups said, is a “radical shift from fossil fuel-based industrial agriculture and corporate monopolies of food and agriculture to food sovereignty and agroecology.”
Instead of participating in the corporate-controlled Food Systems Summit in New York, Regeneration International, in conjunction with steering committee partners such as the Organic Consumers Association, The Global Alliance for Organic Districts, IFOAM Asia, Navdanya, the International Network of Eco Regions, Savory Hub Africa, Via Organica, The League of Organic Municipalities and Cities and BERAS International will be hosting the People's Food Summit on World Food Day, October 16, this year.For More Information See: People's Food Summit
Dr. Steven Quay and Dr. Richard Muller were called as witnesses at the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Select Coronavirus Crisis hearing, held June 29, 2021. Their expert testimony clarifies the origin of COVID-19, which they believe leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, as a result of controversial gain-of-function (GOF) research.Many have stated that we’ll never truly know the origin, short of confessions or a whistleblower coming forward. But as Richard Muller, Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, stated during his testimony, “We have a whistleblower, the virus itself.”Muller, who has worked on scientific efforts that have won Nobel Prizes, states that the virus, which came out of China, carried with it genetic information about its origins.
“In my mind, there are five compelling sets of scientific evidence that allow us to reach this very strong conclusion that, yes, it was a laboratory leak,” Muller said. Dr. Steven Quay, the first scientist to testify, came to the same conclusion that COVID-19 has a laboratory origin, based on “six undisputed facts that support this hypothesis.”
A summary of the evidence, which they review in detail in the video and article below, reveals the true origin of COVID-19. By understanding the origins, we can help to prevent future pandemics and related loss of life.Learn more: Expert Scientists Testify on Virus OriginTAKE ACTION: Sign the Global Petition to Ban Gain-of-Function Research
OCA and Organic Bytes need your support to stop the reckless genetic engineering of food, crops, viruses and pathogens. We need you to help us get out the truth about organic and healthy food and farming, COVID-19, Gain-of Function experiments, and the organic and regenerative solutions to deteriorating public health, environmental degeneration, and climate chaos.We need your help to recruit more subscribers, and, if you can afford it, we need you to give us a financial donation.When you support the Organic Consumers Association or Citizens Regeneration Lobby you are supporting that effort and the vision, the skills and the people that are helping to make it a reality.Be part of the transition by making a contribution to our campaigns today.Make a tax-deductible donation to Organic Consumers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofitSupport Citizens Regeneration Lobby, OCA’s 501(c)(4) lobbying arm (not tax-deductible)Donate $100 or more and we’ll send you a copy of Ronnie’s bookClick here for more ways to support our work
Organics International, also known as IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Movements), of which OCA is a member, have published a new book called True Cost Accounting for Food: Balancing the Scale.As IFOAM states, based on more than a decade of research:
“Calls are coming from all quarters that the food system is broken and needs a radical transformation. A system that feeds many yet continues to create both extreme hunger and diet-related diseases, and one which has significant environmental impacts, is not serving the world adequately. This volume argues that True Cost Accounting in our food system can create a framework for a systemic shift. What sounds on the surface like a practice relegated to accountants is ultimately a call for a new lens on the valuation of food and a new relationship with the food we eat, starting with the reform of a system out of balance.”
Read excerpts and order a copy of the book, True Cost Accounting for Food: Balancing the Scale
OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins’ new book, co-authored by Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Truth About COVID-19, has over 1,200 5-star reviews on Amazon.The book has qualified for several best-seller lists, and you can help keep it there! Order a copy for yourself, or friends and family here.Learn more about the book and order your copy!
OCA’s Ban “Gain-of-Function” (GOF) campaign comes in the wake of mounting, now overwhelming, evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic arose out of a joint U.S.-China collaboration in Wuhan, China to “soup up” SARS bat coronaviruses, resulting in a catastrophic accident that has triggered the death of millions and detonated a multi-trillion-dollar meltdown of the global economy.OCA and our allies have begun to build a U.S. and international coalition to ban all GOF experiments and rewrite global treaties such as the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention to prevent any and all PPPs (Potential Pandemic Pathogens) from being collected and engineered in labs, whether civilian or military.Please sign our Ban GOF petition and encourage everyone you know to do the sameIf you are a member of an organization that wishes to join this new Ban GOF coalition, please email email@example.com
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