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Essays by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

September 9, 2015
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Something is going to happen. If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.

So we were told recently by a Senate staffer, during one of the many meetings we’ve held with Senators to urge them to reject H.R. 1599, or what we refer to as the DARK—Deny Americans the Right to Know—Act.

Could that comment mean Monsanto is cooking up another “sneak attack,” similar to the one it conducted in 2013, that led to passage of the Monsanto Protection Act? Only this time, the sneak attack would be aimed at stomping out the GMO labeling movement?

It wouldn’t surprise us. A Read more

May 7, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Last week, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) disrupted the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting to protest a move by the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) that makes it more difficult for the NOSB to phase out synthetic and non-organic materials from organic food. We did persuade the NOSB to enforce its Oct. 21, 2014, deadline for ending the use of streptomycin on organic apples and pears.Read more

June 11, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Concerned about the bees and the butterflies? Interested in celebrating National Pollinator Week? It's happening next week, June 16-22, 2014.Read more

April 2, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

The Organic Consumers Association has a long history of defending the integrity of organic standards....Read more

February 7, 2013
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

What if there were an inexpensive technology that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent or more?...Read more

July 6, 2012
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

The Secretary of Agriculture would have to grant a permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, regardless of environmental impact.Read more

June 14, 2012
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

What do a former mouthpiece for tobacco and big oil, a corporate-interest PR flack, and the regional director of a Monsanto-funded tort reform group have in common?Read more

June 7, 2012
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

What do a former mouthpiece for tobacco and big oil, a corporate-interest PR flack, and the regional director of a Monsanto-funded tort reform group have in common?...Read more

May 31, 2012
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Here's a partial lineup of hired guns and organizations behind the anti-labeling advertising blitz soon to hit the California airwaves.Read more

February 1, 2012
Organic Consumers Association
by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Energy-intensive industrial farming practices that rely on toxic chemicals and genetically engineered crops are not just undermining public health--they're destroying the planet. This article outlines 10 ways Monsanto and Big Ag are trying to...Read more

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