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Essays by Ronnie Cummins

July 25, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

The most important thing we can do today as conscious consumers, farmers and food workers is to move away from industrial, GMO and factory-farm food toward an organic, pasture-based, soil-regenerative, humane, carbon-sequestering and climate-friendly agriculture system.

What’s standing in the way of this life-or-death transformation? Rampant greenwashing.

Perhaps no company personifies greenwashing more than Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s.  Ben & Jerry’s history—a start-up launched by two affable hippies, from a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vt., —is legendary. Read more

July 11, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

After years of single-issue campaigning against America’s degenerate food and farming system, with real but limited success, it’s time for a change of strategy and tactics.

By connecting the dots between a range of heretofore separate issues and campaigns, by focusing on some of the major weaknesses or vulnerabilities of the system, we can speed up our transition to an organic and regenerative food and farming system before our health, environmental and climate crises turn into full-blown catastrophe. 

Surveys indicate that Americans are increasingly alarmed about Read more

May 28, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use.

The basic menu for a Regeneration Revolution is to unite the world’s 3 billion rural farmers, ranchers and herders with several billion health, environmental and justice-minded consumers to overturn “business as usual” and embark on a global campaign of cooperation, Read more

May 8, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Grassroots mobilization and mass protest against the Trump junta have reached an all-time high. Yet our growing Anti-Trump resistance is still rather weak in terms of explaining exactly what it is we are fighting for.

Are we talking about a return to Establishment Democratic Party rule, a slight revision of the status quo we experienced during the Obama and Clinton administrations? Or are we talking about a genuine grassroots “Political Revolution” as called for by Bernie Sanders, now the most popular politician in the U.S.?

It’s time to work for something Read more

February 24, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Given the importance of clothing and fashion in American culture and the economy, there are a number of rarely discussed, yet crucial issues we need to consider—health, environmental, and ethical—before we pull out our wallets to purchase yet another item of clothing or a textile product.Read more

February 14, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Over the past three decades, organic food, farming, and products in the U.S. have grown into a $50-billion-a-year powerhouse, representing more than 5 percent of all retail grocery sales. This growth has been achieved with little or no help from the White House, Congress or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and that’s been true no matter which party, Democrat or Republican, has been in power.

Although the majority of consumers—no matter whether they voted for Hillary (65 million), Trump (62 million), or stayed home and didn’t vote (92 million)—tell pollsters that they know Read more

February 5, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Millions of Americans have no health insurance. More than 50 million are woefully underinsured.

Meanwhile Big Pharma and profit-obsessed HMOs and hospitals are focused mainly on selling you overpriced (often hazardous) prescription drugs, on running expensive tests, and on keeping you on permanent health maintenance, rather than preventing the diseases that are so costly to treat.

We can't afford to provide universal healthcare for all as long as our medical model is focused on treating the evermore serious and widespread sicknesses of the body politic (for example obesity Read more

January 20, 2017
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

Today, Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States.

Today, I'm announcing our #ConsumerRevolution and #PoliticalRevolution 2017-2020 platforms.

Today, we witnessed the swearing in of a president who has signaled loud and clear his intent to maximize the profits of giant corporations—like Exxon Mobil, BP, and Monsanto and Bayer (whose merger he's set to approve)—on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. Public and environmental health be damned.

And yesterday we learned, not surprisingly, that the new USDA Secretary of Agriculture Read more

November 22, 2016
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

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 Read more

October 25, 2016
Organic Consumers Association
by Ronnie Cummins
Essay

". . . new chemicals come from our laboratories in an endless stream; almost 500 annually find their way into actual use in the United States alone…500 new chemicals to which the bodies of men and animals are required somehow to adapt each year, chemicals totally outside the limits of biologic experience.” - Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” (1962)

Two years after Rachel Carson sounded the above warning, she died of breast cancer.
 
Now 50 years later, the pesticide and chemical assault on our health that Carson exposed in her book, “Silent Spring Read more

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