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Essays by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

May 18, 2016
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) on GE crops and technology was met with cheers from the biotech industry, but little meaningful scrutiny by the mainstream media.

Initial media reports boiled the message down to “GMOs Are Safe” and even  “healthy.” Some reports even claimed that the study “proves” the safety of genetically modified crops.

Aside from the obvious—that the headlines over-simplify the NAS findings in a way that spins favorable for the biotech industry—the media also overlooked the influence, as reported by Food Read more

December 10, 2015
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Mexico are among the more than two dozen countries that have so far signed on to what one day will likely be recognized as the most significant climate initiative in history.

France’s 4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate puts regenerative food and farming front and center in the climate solutions conversation. This is why the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), our Mexico affiliate, Via Organica, IFOAM Organics International and more than 50 of our other activist allies across the globe have signed on in Read more

February 14, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

When the honeybees, our most important food pollinators, started dropping like proverbial flies, scientists scrambled to identify their killer (or killers). Attention eventually turned to the increased use of a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Scientists now believe at least some of these pesticides play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the ongoing demise of honeybee colonies.

Who's using them, and for what purpose? Companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow Agrosciences . . . in the herbicides and pesticides and seeds they sell to farmers who grow genetically Read more

June 3, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Boycott Starbucks

Boycott Starbucks

Starbucks. It's the largest coffee chain in the world, with 20,100 stores, and annual sales of $14.9 billion. CEO Howard Schultz is worth $1.6 billion.Read more

March 18, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

On February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a media blitz to tout the FDA's proposed new rules http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm387114.htm for nutrition labels on packaged foods. Both the FDA and Mrs. Obama trumpeted http:...Read more

February 27, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naïve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria....Read more

January 23, 2014
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

The food industry is playing every conceivable angle in its quest to keep labels off foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)””including, according to a leaked document, http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29132.cfm...Read more

September 4, 2013
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Thirteen years after Golden Rice was featured on the cover of Time magazine under the headline "This Rice Could Save a Million Kids a Year," biotech's golden child is back in the headlines. Just when public opposition to genetically modified...Read more

August 27, 2013
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

It was laughable when Coca-Cola launched a campaign to fight obesity. And even more laughable when the king of soda's anti-obesity campaign shifted all the blame for those extra pounds to lack of exercise and chairs (yes, chairs).Read more

June 12, 2013
Organic Consumers Association
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Essay

If you think the U.S. government is doing a sub-par job of keeping your food safe, brace yourself. You could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don't meet even basic U.S. food safety standards. Under two new trade...Read more

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