Organic Consumers Association

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Ronnie Cummins · International Director

Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its Mexico affiliate Via Organica.

(OCA) is a non-profit, U.S. based network of two million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and sustainable system of agriculture and commerce. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and sustainability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying.

Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past two decades he has served as director of US and international campaigns dealing with sustainable agriculture issues including food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins co-founded the Organic Consumers Association, the largest network of organic consumers in the USA. In 2009 Cummins founded Via Organica, a network of organic consumers and farmers based in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Cummins is a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad as well as a regular contributor to online publications such as Organic Bytes, Common Dreams, Truthout, Huffington Post, and Nation of Change. Cummins has published hundreds of articles in the alternative and mainstream press. He is also the author of a series of children’s books called Children of the World, as well as the book Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Second Revised Edition Marlowe & Company 2004). Cummins lives with his wife and 17 year-old son in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

OCA STAFF

• Rosana Álvarez · Vía Orgánica Director
• Mary Anselment · Office Manager
• Alexis Baden-Mayer · Political Director
• Azucena Cabrera · Farm School Director
• Ronnie Cummins · International Director
• Mariana Escalante · Social Media, Via Orgánica
• Humberto Fossi · Manager, Via Orgánica
• Dana Geffner · Fair World Project Director
• Alex Groome · Regeneration International (RI), Field Coordinator
• Deb Johansen · Accountant
• Brian Jordan · Field Organizer
• Becca Kehoe · Social Media Graphics & Messaging
• Pat Kerrigan · Organic Standards and Retail Director
• Griffin Klement · Via Orgánica Project Director
• Elijah Kneeland · Web Content
• Heather Sve · Membership Services
• Nick Lethert · Graphic and Web Design
• Judy Linman · Outreach Coordinator
• Kirsten Lundgren · Fair World Project
• Mercedes Lopez · Vía Orgánica Mexico Networking Coordinator
• Kaare Melby · Website & Social Media Coordinator
• Pam Melby · Office/Social Media
• Casey Oppenheim · General Counsel
• Katherine Paul · USA National Director
• Ercilia Sahores · Regeneration International (RI), Latin America Political Director
• Melinda Suelflow · Campaign Coordinator
• Steve Urow · Systems Programmer
• Liz Welch · Social Media Graphics & Messaging
• Rose Welch · General Manager

OCA POLICY BOARD

• Ronnie Cummins · OCA International Director
• Will Allen · Organic Farmer, VT
• Maude Barlow · Council of Canadians
• Jay Feldman · Beyond Pesticides
• Jim & Rebecca Goodman · Organic Farmers
• Jean Halloran · Consumers Union
• Tim Hermach · Native Forest Council
• Julia Butterfly Hill · Forest Activist & Author
• Mika Iba · Food & Farming Activist, Japan
• Howard Lyman · Voice for a Viable Future
• Judith McGeary · Organic Farmer, TX
• Frances Moore-Lappé · Author & Activist
• Jill Richardson · La Vida Locavore.org
• Robin Seydel · La Montanita Co-op, NM
• Vandana Shiva · Author & Activist, India
• John Stauber · Author & Activist

OCA VOTING BOARD MEMBERS

• Ronnie Cummins
• Rose Welch
• Robin Seydel
• David Abazs
• Pat Kerrigan

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