Thanksgiving: Time to Reclaim Our Seat at the Table
Dear Organic Consumer,
It’s been another year of ups and downs, wins and losses.
But this much has been consistent: Your presence, your passion and your support have made it all possible. And worthwhile.
On this day, when food and thanks share center stage, I can’t help but wonder how we arrived at a place where we must devote so much time, so many resources, to battling corporations and lawmakers for a say in the policies that shape something so basic, so essential to our existence, as food.
When did we give greedy corporations the right to spray billions of pounds of toxic pesticides on our food and soil? When did we give them the power to create generations of junk food addicts by mixing up chemical potions and passing them off as food?
When did we tell lawmakers it was O.K. to let Monsanto flood our supermarkets and schools and hospitals with toxic, genetically engineered frankenfoods? So we could all, unknowingly, become a part of their science experiment?
When did we relinquish our seat at the table?
Whether you think of yourself as an activist, a consumer, a concerned citizen, a gardener, a farmer or a parent just trying to provide your family with safe, healthful food, at a fair price—without exploiting farmers, workers or the earth’s resources—you are simply demanding your rightful place at the table of food policy decision-making.
Thank goodness. Because, frankly, corporations and politicians have made a miserable mess of things.
Today, on behalf of all of us at OCA, I want to personally thank you for being a part of this movement to take back our food, our farms, our health.
Thank you for all of the petitions you’ve signed, the phone calls you’ve made, the emails you’ve sent, the checks you’ve written and the energy and determination you’ve brought to this work.
Thank you for being part of an ongoing organic movement that will ultimately transform not only our food and farming system, but our entire society.
Thank you for being at our table.
Ronnie Cummins National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund
P.S. Twice a year we publish Organic View to update supporters on our latest campaigns. Our latest edition, published this month, is available here.