Ronnie Cummins: Organic Consumers Association
Ronnie Cummins is Founder and Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA); a non-profit U.S.-based network of over one 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 is also editor of OCA’s website, www.organicconsumers.org and co-editor of Organic Bytes, a weekly online newsletter with 650,000 subscribers, and Organic View, a bi-annual print publication.
Cummins serves on the steering committee of OCA’s Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. And he was a steering committee member of the California Proposition 37 and Washington State I-522 GMO labeling ballot initiative campaigns.
Cummins has been a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in human rights, anti-war, anti-nuclear, labor, consumer, environmental and sustainable agriculture campaigns. Over the past two decades he has served as director of U.S. and international efforts such as the Pure Food Campaign, and the Global Days of Action against GMOs. From 1992-98 Cummins served as a campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Cummins organized the SOS (Save Organic Standards) Campaign, spearheading the largest consumer grassroots backlash against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in recent history. He is a frequent lecturer, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Cummins has published numerous articles and authored a series of children’s books called Children of the World. He is co-author of the book Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers. He lives with his wife and 15-year-old son in Minneapolis, as well as in Finland, Minnesota on the north shore of Lake Superior.
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