FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2014
CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090
FINLAND, Minn. – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today announced that Vandana Shiva, anti-GMO and climate activist, and author of more than 20 books, will march with the OCA’s “Cook Organic, Not the Planet” contingent in the People’s Climate March, on September 21, 2014, in New York City.
“Vandana Shiva is known the world over for her tireless activism on behalf of the anti-GMO movement, organic agriculture, food justice and food sovereignty,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.
“It is our hope that by joining with OCA in the People’s Climate March to promote our ‘Cook Organic, Not the Planet’ message, Vandana will further our mutual mission of drawing attention to the destructive impact industrial agriculture has on global warming, and the very real potential of organic, regenerative agriculture to reverse global warming by naturally sequestering carbon in the soil.”
The OCA is inviting its network of more than one million consumers to march under the “Cook Organic, Not the Planet” banner as part of the Food Justice contingent of the People’s Climate March. The march will take place Sunday, September 21, 2014. Marchers will convene at 11:30 a.m. in the area just north of Columbus Circle.
The People’s Climate March is taking place in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit 2014, which will take place on September 23, 2014, at UN headquarters in New York.
In 2013, the UN Conference on Trade and Development published a report, "Wake Up Before It's Too Late" calling for a “paradigm shift” away from an industrial agriculture model that relies heavily on mono-crops and chemical inputs, toward a sustainable, organic model.
A recent study by the Rodale Institute suggests that if regenerative agriculture were practiced globally, 100 percent of current, annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would be sequestered.
As part of its advocacy on behalf of the environment and sustainable agriculture, the OCA’s “Cook Organic, Not the Planet” campaign seeks to educate consumers on the link between organic agriculture and food, public health, and environmental health, including climate change.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.