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Regeneration 2022: Requiem or Revival?

Organic consumers - Wed, 2022-01-05 16:58
January 5, 2022Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsEnvironment & Climate, Fair Trade & Social Justice, Farm Issues climater_1200x630.png

“Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” - Vandana Shiva, Regeneration International Co-Founder.

In September 2014, at the massive Climate March in New York City, a small but determined band of organic food, farm, natural health, and climate activists marched in the streets and held a press conference at the Rodale Institute in Manhattan, where we announced the formation of a new global network: Regeneration International (RI).

The ambitious goal of Regeneration International is to “change the global conversation” on food, farming, and climate. Our strategy is to inspire and mobilize the global grassroots with the revolutionary message that the climate crisis can be solved, in fact, that global warming and its collateral damage to public health, the environment, biodiversity, and economic livelihoods, can actually be reversed through a global scaling up of organic and regenerative best practices in combination with a transition to renewable energy.

RI’s world-changing vision, then and now, is based upon the actual best practices (and potential for expansion) of organic and regenerative farmers, ranchers, farmers, land, forest, and marine stewards across the globe. The Regeneration Movement believes that a powerful combination of renewable energy and conservation, supercharged with a regenerative transformation of our food, farming, and land-use practices, is the best and actually the only way to solve our Climate Emergency.

Regenerating Politics

We believe that a global awakening and Grassroots Rising, based upon the principles and practices of regenerative food, farming, and land-use, has the awesome potential to inspire and provoke a multi-partisan, multinational, populist Movement—Democrat, Independent, and Republican; liberal, radical, conservative, and libertarian; rancher, farmer, and indigenous; urban and rural; consumer and farmer; North and South.

Once established, a new multi-partisan, transnational united front will have the power to “make the polluters pay” and stimulate a massive transfer (divestment) of government and private capital away from degenerative practices (unhealthy, highly-processed food, factory farms, GMO seeds, chemical and energy-intensive agriculture, soil and environmental degradation, and rampant deforestation) to regenerative practices instead.

Instead of destroying the Earth, undermining public health, and impoverishing rural communities with “business and politics as usual,” we must instead embark on a local-to-global transformation. We must identify best practices and free up the funds to scale these best practices up to critical mass.

A Regeneration Revolution will require us to revitalize and re-carbonize our soils and vegetation; rehydrate our deserts and semi-arid lands; rejuvenate our forests; nurture soil fertility; stop erosion; recharge our ground water and aquifers; restore our wildlife and pollinizer habitats; and preserve and restore our marine eco-systems.

This Great Regeneration, alongside a renewable energy revolution, will re-stabilize the climate by reducing greenhouse gas pollution and drawing down excess CO2 (currently 419 ppm) from the atmosphere, returning this excess carbon to where it belongs, in our soils and landscapes, utilizing the miraculous power of human stewardship, animal husbandry, and natural photosynthesis.

This regeneration of our lands and environment, in turn, will help us restore our natural immune systems and revitalize public health (both physical and mental), bring together our fractured body politic, restore rural economic livelihoods, create jobs, and reduce the economic pressures that bring about forced migration.

State of the Regeneration Movement

Seven years after the New York City Climate March, the Regeneration Movement has succeeded, to some extent, in changing the conversation surrounding food, farming, and climate, but we have utterly failed to build a multi-partisan, multi-national Movement strong enough to change public policy and private investment.  Atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping CO2 reached a disturbing 397 parts per million in 2014, when RI was founded, and have since climbed to an alarming 419 ppm.

Yes, it is true that regenerative agriculture is the most talked about new concept in food, farming and climate circles, but it is in danger of being watered down, dumbed down, and coopted by corporate agribusiness and carbon credit profiteers and greenwashers, as evidenced most recently at COP-26, the U.N. Global Climate Summit, in Glasgow.

Unfortunately, the “progressive”, urban-based climate action movement has apparently still not understood or fully embraced regenerative principles and practices. Climate change action leaders are still talking almost exclusively about eliminating fossil fuels in the time frame we have left to avoid catastrophe, with little mention of the Great Drawdown of regenerative farming and land-use that must accompany a renewable energy revolution if we are to restore climate stability.

The Death of a Regenerative Green New Deal

Media coverage of regenerative food and farming, both mainstream and alternative, has certainly increased since 2014, but serious public interest in Regeneration, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, has waned. Although sales of organic and local food, and cooking at home have certainly increased since the onset of COVID, the Green New Deal (GND) Resolution in Congress (with its positive advocacy of regenerative food and farming) is dead, at least for the moment.

The GND has now become not much more than a limited partisan program, supported by climate activists and a minority of Democrats in the Congress. Even worse, the World Economic Forum and advocates for a Great Reset have attempted to hijack GND language and concepts as part of their technocratic and authoritarian agenda.

Potential rural and farmer support for a regenerative GND evaporated after the Democratic Party Establishment shoved aside Bernie Sanders, the only Presidential candidate in 2020 with a grasp of how a GND with an emphasis on regenerative food and farming could revitalize family farms, public health, and create rural jobs and economic prosperity.

Unfortunately, Sanders, after being slandered and marginalized by the mass media and the Democratic Party Establishment joined ranks with the Biden administration on pandemic policies, offering no real alternative to the Democratic Party’s panic-mongering and profiteering, despite decades of Sanders attacking Big Pharma, Wall Street, and military madness.

Joe Biden destroyed his political credibility, just as the Trump administration did before him, by failing to “stop the panic” engendered by Big Pharma, the mass media, and hyper-partisan Democrats surrounding the pandemic. Democrats (and the Republicans before them) in the White House, basically failed to articulate the independent and nuanced science regarding the real, though relative virulence, of SARS-CoV-2. Both administrations ignored or down-played the lab origins of COVID-19, the global cover-up and the role of U.S. and Pentagon funding and scientific collaboration. Both Trump and Biden allowed Anthony Fauci and Big Pharma to set policy, and rejected (Biden) or downplayed (Trump) the independent scientists and doctors advocating prevention and healthy food, Vitamin D supplementation, and natural or “herd” immunity (youth, those in good health, and those previously recovered from COVID-19). Both administrations basically stood by as Fauci, Bill Gates, media monopolies and Silicon Valley slandered and censored early treatment and/or prevention of COVID-19, utilizing off-patent, inexpensive generic drugs such as Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, and nutrition supplements. Instead both Trump (who initially spoke out on hydroxychloroquine, but then went silent) and Biden regurgitated vaccine profiteer propaganda, claiming that “Warp Speed,” rushed-to-market, experimental vaccines would stop the pandemic.

Biden, like the Trump Administration before him, allowed Big Pharma, Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, vaccine profiteers, Silicon Valley, and Pentagon contractors to call the shots, rather than listening to independent scientists, medical practitioners, and investigators regarding the origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19, as well as the relative safety and efficacy of the experimental vaccines. Trump and Biden both flip-flopped back and forth on the obvious Wuhan lab origins and cover-up of COVID, seemingly more interested in maintaining “business as usual” in their relations with Big Pharma and China, rather than putting an end to the dangerous weaponizing of viruses and pathogens in unregulated and accident-prone labs, a mad science that continues unabated, not only in the U.S. and China, but across the world.

At the present time the majority of Americans seem to be more concerned about the latest (highly transmissible but relatively harmless) variant of SARS-CoV-2, the Omicron, than they are about the Climate Emergency, the virtual Civil War among the body politic, the shredding of the Constitution, or the fact that hundreds of millions of working class, rural, minority, and young people have been forced into poverty, psychological despair, or economic hardship by the collateral damage and bungled/authoritarian government responses to the pandemic.

However, this preoccupation or mass psychosis is likely to change over the next few months as the dominant, far less virulent Omicron variant spreads across the globe and engenders large-scale natural (herd) immunity.

As the Biden Administration self-destructs because of its “business as usual” politics and its disastrous and authoritarian handling of the COVID crisis, the Republican Party is poised to take back control over Congress and the White House in 2022-24. Even though a GOP Congress will hopefully reverse the dictates of our bio-medical security state, especially as the pandemic winds down, we must keep in mind that most Republican politicians are still as routinely compromised by the fossil fuel industry, the Pentagon, Wall Street, Big Pharma, and corporate agribusiness as the Democrats.

Neither party seems to be able to “connect the dots” between the climate crisis, Big Ag’s toxic food, the decline of family farms and rural communities, deforestation, a polluted environment, deteriorating public health, a chronic disease epidemic, and our continuing vulnerability to engineered pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2.

Unfortunately, climate activists such as the Sunrise Movement in the U.S. or Extinction Rebellion in the E.U., and individual leaders such as Greta Thunberg or Alexandria Cortez-Ocasio have utterly failed to integrate regenerative food, farming, and land use into their core messaging about solving the climate crisis. As a result, the climate movement largely failed to gain rural and bi-partisan (i.e. both Republican and Democratic voter) support for a Green New Deal in the crucial period of 2018-2020, when polls showed massive public support for a GND that could both fix the climate and rejuvenate the economy, both rural and urban. In addition, none of the leading candidates for President in 2020, except for Bernie Sanders really pushed the GND, much less the regenerative component of the Green New Deal in their outreach to farmers, rural communities, and health, organic, and climate conscious consumers.

Although Regeneration proponents including RI were able to successfully lobby the Sunrise Movement into including wording on regenerative farming and land use in the Green New Deal Resolution in 2019, supported by over 100 Democrats in the Congress, climate action leaders never gave regenerative agriculture the emphasis and focus it needed. Thus the bi-partisan coalition that RI organized, called Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal, never achieved its goal of uniting rural farmers, urban consumers, students, and climate-motivated voters into a powerful united front.

Next Steps

Although there have been setbacks, especially on the political front, for the Regeneration Movement, we intend to push forward. In 2022 and beyond OCA, RI, and our allies will continue our efforts to educate and mobilize the body politic, across party lines and the rural-urban divide, to understand the importance of moving organic and agro-ecological food and farming to its next stage, which we call regenerative organic.

Beyond general education, we will also step up our efforts to locate, map, publicize, promote, and raise funds for regenerative and organic best practices around the world, developing models for how to implement and scale-up best practices such as our Mexico-based agave agroforestry system for arid and semi-arid areas, rainforest restoration and agroforestry in Latin America and Asia, regenerative “tree-range” poultry and holistic grazing in North America and overseas, and ocean farming, among others.

OCA and RI’s number one priority, working with the Hudson Carbon Project, is to develop scientifically verifiable and credible data and criteria for genuine carbon sequestration (both above and below ground), eco-system restoration, and poverty eradication for regenerative and organic farming and land-use practices. We believe this is the best way to move beyond greenwashing and bogus carbon credits and carbon trading, and to generate a critical mass of public funding and private investment that can pay millions of farmers, ranchers, and land managers across the world a fair price to scale-up regenerative and organic best practices across the globe.

Stay tuned. We will be talking a lot more about scaling-up regenerative best practices in future issues of Organic Bytes.

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International, and the author of “Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Food, Farming, Climate and a Green New Deal.”

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Looking Backward

Organic consumers - Tue, 2021-12-28 17:52
December 28, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsCOVID-19, OCA on COVID-19 arrblogp_1200x630.png

Although the three words that I would use to describe 2020-2021 are diabolical, insane, and tragic, the good news is that there are unmistakable signs of awakening, resistance, and Regeneration emerging as we move into 2022 and beyond.

The lab-engineered pandemic, COVID-19, a diabolical, Chinese-American chimera of genetic engineering, vaccine profiteering, and “dual-use” bioweaponry, appears to be waning. Nonetheless the powers that be continue to manipulate the media, distort health statistics, and censor alternative information on the origins, nature, virulence, prevention and treatment of COVID-19, forcing authoritarian mandates on the public and attempting to keep the majority of body politic whipped up into an insane panic.

Instead of reducing fear (by pointing out the relatively mild symptoms of Omicron and the near-total lack of risk posed by SARS-CoV-2 to children, students, healthy adults, and those who have developed natural immunity) and encouraging people to cooperate together, across class, ethnic, cultural, and geographic boundaries, to stop the reckless lab engineering of pathogens and to regenerate people’s health and immune systems, we the people are being incited by hyper-partisan politicians and Big Pharma-funded media to fight among ourselves.

In the official narrative, people are encouraged, not to question the elite dominance of our lives, the omnipresence of surveillance capitalism, or the toxic food and environmental pollution which destroy our natural immune systems and set us up for chronic diseases and engineered pathogens, but rather to shame and bully one another. Democrats versus Republicans, urban versus rural, North versus South, the vaccinated against the unvaxxed, the masked versus the unmasked—ignoring the fact that the Constitution has been shredded and that indentured politicians and unelected bureaucrats have assumed unprecedented, dictatorial powers.

Instead of eating healthy foods, strengthening our immune systems, providing special protection for the most vulnerable, and utilizing effective, safe, and inexpensive generic drugs such as Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine, and Vitamin D, Quercetin, zinc, Vitamin C, and Melatonin supplements, Big Pharma has treated us like guinea pigs.  Ignoring early treatment and prevention, censoring the experiences and successes of front-line doctors, the medical Establishment has instead mandated expensive, useless, and dangerous drugs such as Remdesivir and rushed-to-market experimental vaccines.

Even as you read this, Big Pharma is carrying out dangerous lab research (genetic engineering and animal passaging) on new patented, experimental drugs such as Merck’s Molnupiravir, despite warnings of mutagenic (carcinogenic) effects in humans and dangers that a manipulated pathogen such as Omicron can accidentally “ping pong” back from an immune-compromised patient to a humanized lab-engineered mouse and then back to a human.

Obsessing over the latest mass media propaganda and sensationalism, i.e. the new dominant (in fact, thank goodness relatively harmless) SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant, the elite want you to forget that a vast number of small and minority-owned businesses, and millions of workers have been forced into poverty and hardship by the lockdowns. While a generation of children and students have been traumatized and set back in their learning, while hundreds of millions across the world have been driven into poverty, Big Pharma, Silicon Valley, and the billionaires want you to ignore the fact that they have parlayed the Crisis, which was long anticipated and planned for in pandemic simulations such as Event 201, into a 21st Century “Great Reset” that has vastly increased their wealth and power.

It is no exaggeration to point out that our new bio-medical Commissars, Bill Gates, Anthony Fauci, Jeremy Farrar, Klaus Schwab et. al (and their counterparts in China) now exercise a stranglehold over the global economy, the mass media, and public policy.

Despite the fact that Omicron appears to be relatively harmless, more like the common cold, far less dangerous than the flu, the fear-mongers point to rapidly rising “cases” of Omicron and warn that health facilities will soon be overwhelmed unless you shut up, roll up your sleeves (and the sleeves of your children) for the next booster jab, keep your masks on, and, above all, obey Big Brother. Fortunately, there are increasing signs of resistance to this tyranny, not only in the U.S., but across the world, including lawsuits, protests, legislation, and mass civil disobedience.

Despite decreasing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID, especially in basically non-vaccinated nations in Africa, where Ivermectin and malaria medicine (Hydroxychloquinine), are commonly distributed, and where natural herd immunity is widespread, the bio-medical security state continues to insist that everyone—young and old, healthy and non-healthy alike, naturally recovered and immune or not—submit to Big Pharma’s “emergency use” injections and boosters. Several billion people have now been injected with these patented, diabolically-profitable, experimental “vaccines,” that neither prevent you from getting COVID nor prevent you from spreading it to others, with adverse reactions, heart disease, miscarriages, and deaths from the jabs increasing rapidly.

Read more: “What the VAERS Data Tell Us About COVID Jab Safety”

Hawai'i's $12M Fine for Monsanto

Organic consumers - Wed, 2021-12-22 18:43
December 22, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationAlexis Baden-MayerEnvironment & Climate, Genetic Engineering hawaii_cliff_beach_1200x630.jpg

Monsanto is finally being brought to justice.

The pesticide company has agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes, including two felonies for having a banned chemical on Maui.

The plea agreement requires Monsanto to pay $12 million in fines.

“Monsanto is a serial violator of federal environmental laws,” U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison said in a statement. “The company repeatedly violated laws related to highly regulated chemicals, exposing people to pesticides that can cause serious health problems.”

"At the state capitol Monsanto kept saying they were following agricultural safety practices by the label, because the label is the law,” activist Klayton Kubo of Waimea Kaua’i told Organic Consumers Association. “Now we know that they were lying. What else is the agro chemical industry lying about?"

The federal criminal pleas are a turning point. Finally, the Department of Justice has stepped in to prosecute Monsanto’s crimes because the State of Hawaii has been so corrupt and failed at protecting the health of people living in communities surrounded by poisonous fields of GMOs. Now, Hawaii’s politicians and regulators can no longer lie, claiming that these chemicals are safe or that they did everything they could to protect the people. 

Ten years ago, the Organic Consumers Association donated to support the creation of a film about Hawaii being the world’s research lab for experimental GMO and pesticide testing. The film was the first to reveal that Kamehameha Schools was leasing land to Monsanto. 

Watch the free 43 minute film: Stop Monsanto From Poisoning Hawai'i: Genetic Engineering Chemical Warfare 

Kamehameha Schools is the trust established for Hawaiian children with the assets from the Royal Monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Today Kamehameha Schools owns 360,000 acres of land in Hawaii, plus over $10 billion in Wall Street investments. 

Why is Kamehameha Schools leasing 1,033 acres of land to Monsanto on the North shore of Oahu, above the most incredible surf breaks in the world?

As pro surfer Kelly Slater points out, “How toxic is that land going to be after it’s been sprayed with Roundup for 15 or 20 or 30 years? It’s almost going to be unusable for anything else.”

For ten years, Kamehameha Schools has never given legitimate answers to these questions.

The people of Hawaii want to know why Monsanto/Bayer is allowed to continue to test its Frankencrops on sacred indigenous land. 

It’s time for Kamehameha Schools to evict Monsanto’s poison agriculture operations and transition to leasing land to regenerative organic farmers on Kamehameha Schools’ 100,000 acres of active agriculture leases and grow healthy indigenous Native Hawaiian foods such as taro, ulu, coconut, turmeric, banana and kava. That’s the only way to reduce Hawai’i’s over-90-percent reliance on food imports. Kamehameha Schools has 100,000 acres of active agriculture leases. To this day, they have never disclosed the ratio of organic farmers to poisonous chemical operations. 

Kamehameha Schools, EVICT MONSANTO! How many crimes does Monsanto have to commit on your land before you take action?

While the fight is far from over, Monsanto/Bayer’s guilty pleas are a major victory for the community activists who have been battling the poison cartel.

The story of two of these community activists is told in the free 31 minute film Aloha Aina Warrior, about pro surfer and pro mixed martial arts fighter Dustin Barca and the man who inspired him, Klayton Kubo. 

Klayton Kubo lives downstream from a Dupont Pioneer research facility that has been poisoning the West side of Kauai for over 20 years. For a long time he was a one man army calling politicians, regulators and chemical corporation employees demanding accountability to stop the poison they were spraying. When Dustin Barca joined the fight, he helped drive global awareness to Monsanto and the chemical corporations’ crimes against humanity on Hawai’i. 

Another hero in the fight against Monsanto is Dr. Hector Valenzuela. Dr. Valenzuela is a Vegetable Crops Extension Specialist at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). He is one of the only independent scientists in the State of Hawai’i who has been monitoring what the chemical corporations have been spraying. 

For example, as Dr. Valenzuela told the Cascadia Times in 2015, chlorpyrifos was applied in Hawai’i at a rate that’s five times the national average, while atrazine was used 14 times as much. Both of these pesticides have since been banned in Hawai’i. 

The endocrine disrupter atrazine has been linked to birth defects and cancer in people. The pesticide’s largest manufacturer, Syngenta, agreed to atrazine being banned in Hawai’i after decades of community pressure led to a legal agreement.

The neurotoxin chlorpyrifos has been found to damage the brains of developing children. A Hawai’i law passed in 2018 will ban the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos starting in 2023.

Dr. Valenzuela's academic focus on organic agricultural practices has put him at odds with Monsanto and the other poison chemical businesses operating in Hawai’i. As the Hawai’i Independent reported:

“For years now, the college has been accepting money from agrochemical companies such as Monsanto while simultaneously advocating for a style of agriculture that is dependent on the products created by these companies, namely Genetically Modified Organisms that can withstand the use of the companies’ lucrative pesticides. Dr. Valenzuela’s field of expertise involves discovering ways in which crops can thrive in our climate without the use of the GMO-pesticide model of agriculture. The 20+ year CTAHR veteran spent six years in the early ‘90s developing the first long-term organic farming research project in Hawaii and the Pacific region. But around 1998, when Monsanto money began entering the equation, his research plot was shut down by the college. Over the next 15 years, Valenzuela tolerated what he calls a climate of ‘bigotry, retaliation and hostility’ in retaliation for his failure to tow the dominant CTAHR line (documented in Paul Koberstein’s article ‘The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela,’ published here).”

The Department of Justice’s criminal case against Monsanto is a model for action against the islands’ other polluters, from the jet fuel in tap water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to the Thirty Meter Telescope blocked from the summit Mauna Kea. After decades of dangerous chemical pollution from the existing telescopes, the billionaire elite want to build a new 18 story telescope on top of the watershed of Hawaii island, that is also above the largest local food producing region in the State of Hawai’i. A new generation of activists, like Native Hawai'i-an Hawane Rios, are leading the resistance to the colonial water poisoners with their music, poetry and aloha.

Likewise, Monsanto/Bayer’s commitment of more than $10 billion to settle 120,000 lawsuits brought by Roundup-exposed cancer victims is an admission that the top-selling herbicide is a deadly, life-threatening poison that must be banned from Hawai’i just like atrazine and chlorpyrifos.

Resolution 2022: Stop Weaponizing Pathogens

Organic consumers - Tue, 2021-12-21 17:59
December 21, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsCOVID-19, COVID-19 Origins, OCA on COVID-19 covidlab_1200x630.png

According to Yahoo News, a new poll indicates that Americans now overwhelmingly believe “that the coronavirus pandemic stemmed from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, and that the Chinese government subsequently lied about it.”

The comprehensive survey, carried out by pollsters who routinely work for both the Democratic and Republican parties, has been basically ignored by the corporate mass media, medical journals, and the political Establishment. The poll indicates that more than 2/3 of the U.S. public, across all levels of education—including Republicans (86%), Democrats (61%), and independents (67%) now believe that COVID-19 “most likely” came from a lab release in Wuhan, China. Furthermore, given the fact that scientific hubris and greed, an illegal biological arms race, and criminal negligence precipitated this global disaster, 76% of Americans believe there need to be sanctions or punishments imposed on the Chinese government and scientists for causing and covering up COVID-19.

But of course the preponderance of evidence clearly shows that this genetically engineered madness and criminal negligence requires punishment, not just for the Chinese government and its military-sponsored scientists, but  for those Americans and others—including Anthony Fauci, Francis Collins, Peter Daszak, Ralph Baric, Bill Gates, Robert Kadlec, Michael Callahan, Jeremy Farrar (UK)), and the entire cabal of health/bioweapon scientists and contractors in the Pentagon, Big Pharma, and the Trump and Biden administrations—who lab-engineered, funded, aided, abetted, profited from, and deliberately covered up the Crime of the Century. We need a new set of Nuremburg Trials for the 21st Century to indict and punish the perpetrators of COVID-19.

To review the now overwhelming evidence for a lab accident or release see this excellent recent summary in the UK’s Daily Mail.

Today’s reckless and criminally-negligent gene engineers, vaccine entrepreneurs, and biowarriors, much like their Nazi forebears, hide behind the guise of scientific inquiry, bio-defense, bio-medicine, and vaccine research. But as investigative reporter and bioweapons expert Sam Husseini writes, gain-of-function/biowarfare scientists in labs such as Wuhan, China and Fort Detrick, Maryland are deliberately and recklessly evading international law:

“Governments that participate in such biological weapon research generally distinguish between ‘biowarfare’ and ‘biodefense,’ as if to paint such ‘defense’ programs as necessary. But this is rhetorical sleight-of-hand; the two concepts are largely indistinguishable.

“‘Biodefense’ implies tacit biowarfare, breeding more dangerous pathogens for the alleged purpose of finding a way to fight them. While this work appears to have succeeded in creating deadly and infectious agents, including deadlier flu strains, such ‘defense’ research is impotent in its ability to defend us from this pandemic.”

OCA and our closest allies, such as and Children’s Health Defense, of course feel vindicated that what we’ve been investigating and documenting for almost two years on the likely lab origins of COVID-19—while being subjected to slander and censorship—is now being accepted by the majority of the public as fact.

But passive awareness on the part of the majority of Americans is not enough to stop the reckless mad science and genetic engineering of pathogens being carried out today at numerous so-called “bio-safety” labs (Chapel Hill, N.C., Ft. Detrick, MD., Pittsburgh, PA, Madison, WI, Galveston, TX) in the U.S. and across the world. Unless we put a stop to this Frankenstein science, we can expect further deadly outbreaks, whether accidentally or deliberately released.

If you haven’t already, please join the more than 60,000 people who have already signed our petition to stop the genetic engineering and weaponizing of viruses and other pathogens. If you’ve already signed, please get others to do so.

Now that we have the majority of the body politic, either actively or passively, on our side, we are energized to move forward aggressively in 2022, using protests, petitions, lobbying, and litigation to bring the COVID criminals to justice and to put an end to the weaponizing of viruses, bacteria, microorganisms and other potential pandemic pathogens (PPP) in the U.S. and abroad.

We are forming a new coalition called “Stop Weaponizing Pathogens.” If you’d like to help organize a campaign in your local area, please send an email to our national SWP Campaign Coodinator, Alexis Baden-Mayer.

It’s now clear to almost everyone, except for the willfully ignorant or brainwashed, that COVID-19 came, not from nature, but out of a lab. SARS-CoV-2 was released, either accidentally (hopefully) or deliberately in 2019 in Wuhan, China. But the reckless creation and cover-up of this pandemic was not just a Chinese affair. COVID-19 was funded and engineered by a Chinese/US/international team of scientists, military contractors, and drug entrepreneurs, hiding behind the facade of medical or bio-defense research. This dangerous weaponizing of viruses and bacteria, so-called Gain-of-Function experiments, were supposedly halted between 2014-2017 in the U.S., after numerous lab accidents, during the Obama administration, only to be secretly and illegally “outsourced” to China by Fauci and the Eco-Health Alliance during the Trump administration.

The Chinese government, Fauci, and the global “weaponizing pathogens” cabal have recklessly endangered the lives of millions and criminally conspired in blatant violation of international and U.S. law. The international Biological Weapons Convention (signed by U.S. and China and nearly every nation) clearly prohibits the production of weaponized pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, and requires mandatory public reporting of all dual-use research such as the lab engineering and animal passaging that was being conducted at Wuhan, Fort Detrick, the University of North Carolina, and numerous other labs.  And yet this global and illegal germ warfare arms race continues unabated.

Please read this article to see how we can bring Fauci, Daszak, Baric, Shi Zhengli and others to justice, and consider forming a local group to ask your District Attorney or prosecutors to convene a Grand Jury.

And if you live in the D.C. area, please join our weekly protest demanding that Biden fire Anthony Fauci.

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International. To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.

The Progressive Case Against Medical Mandates, Part 1

Organic consumers - Thu, 2021-12-16 17:43
December 16, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationNate DoromalCOVID-19, COVID-19 Treatment, OCA on COVID-19 medical_mask_vaccine_pills_1200x630.jpg

There is little doubt that the Covid vaccine issue is dividing the nation. The people are tired of Covid restrictions, and the Biden administration paints the Covid vaccine as a kind of savior - the "only way back to normalcy."


Often the Covid vaccine decision is framed as a Right versus Left issue. Those on the political right say it is an issue of freedom and bodily autonomy. Those on the political left say it is a question of protecting the vulnerable and necessary for the greater good.


But the Covid vaccine question is more complex than the media or the Biden administration would like to acknowledge. At its core, the vaccine decision is a civil rights issue.


People are intimately aware of their rights, and they have cause to be concerned when vaccine mandates threaten these rights and people's livelihoods. However, critical questions need answering: How far can the state go to ensure the public's safety? How much do we own our bodies in the face of state goals?


The public health and media rhetoric of "we must beat Covid at all costs" and "we need vaccine mandates to get back to normal" misses these crucial questions. Arguably, how the government responds is critical for ordinary people - it affects their daily lives.


The role of the progressive in answering these questions is critical here. The progressive individual cannot simply sit back and accept the war mentality of the powerholders as the solution. Historically, we have seen its outcomes in the ill-fated Vietnam War, George W. Bush's War in Iraq, and the rise of the surveillance state via the Patriot Act.


As we will see, medical mandates, including vaccine mandates and vaccine passports, raise critical civil rights concerns that threaten Progressivism's core values. At this time, we need progressives to provide the essential checks and balances on corporate power and government overreach. Complacency on the part of progressives risks undermining the achievements of 20th-century progressives.


How Medical Mandates Undermine Progressivism

The Daily Kos defined the spirit of Progressivism as the belief in human progress - the idea that "Things could be changed for the better. People could improve themselves. Life could be made better. The world could be made better. It was at the heart of the idea of the American dream."


At the heart of Progressivism lies the vital role of government. Government regulation can counter the laissez-faire dictates of business, address inequalities in society, and drive science and technology to improve people's lives.


The twin pillars of Progressivism are economic justice and civil liberties. Barbara Ehrenreich once said, "There are certain core things we stand for, and these include both economic justice and civil liberties, which you can't back away from."


Medical mandates threaten these twin pillars. Real economic and tangible benefits are being removed from daily life and making their receipt contingent upon vaccination status.


Employer-mandated vaccine requirements effectively produce compliance precisely because they threaten one's economic livelihood. How can a person support herself or her family if her employer requires a vaccine she does not want to take? How can free choice and informed consent exist when the threat of force is behind the offered choice?


Progressives, take note! Now we have the two horns of a dilemma - the Biden administration wants increased vaccination uptake via mandates, but the measure's effectiveness rests upon undermining the twin pillars of Progressivism: economic justice and civil liberties.


The one-sided discussion from the media misses what is critically at stake here: individuals, not the state nor powerful health interests, have the final say on what happens to one’s body.


Medical freedom has much in common with the women's choice movement. Former First Lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once said, "I strongly support Roe v. Wade, which guarantees a constitutional right to a woman to make the most intimate, most difficult, in many cases, decisions about her health care that one can imagine."


It is hypocritical to advocate for specific issues like gay marriage and women's choice to access abortion while medical mandates threaten the underlying spirit. Moreover, the medical freedom issue is more inclusive than perhaps any other issue today, transcending gender, racial, religious, class, and political divide.


Enter the role of the progressive. Progressivism historically has fought for workers' rights from powerful business interests. However, with vaccine mandates, employers and state authorities are granted the ability to compel workers to surrender their right to decide their medical status. As such, many workers' unions now are opposing the vaccine mandates.


We need progressives to return medical freedom and the right of bodily choice where it rightly belongs: with the individual.


How Medical Mandates Heighten Inequality

Inequality matters. Former President Obama once said, "Inequality is the defining challenge of our time."


During the COVID pandemic, these inequalities have increased in no small part due to the measures used to combat the disease. For example, CBS reports that the world's billionaires have gotten 54% richer, to the amount of $4 trillion, during the first year of the pandemic.


The lockdowns have favored big corporations and have hurt small businesses. While millions of small businesses had to close, Black Americans suffered the worst, with 41% of black-owned businesses closing down. With this tremendous cost paid by the people, there is scant evidence that the lockdowns achieved their intended effect of stopping the spread of COVID.


In a similar line, vaccine mandates are hurting real people, and, as we will see in a later section, there is new evidence casting doubt on if these mandates are helping stop the pandemic. The end implication of vaccine mandates and vaccine passports is increasing inequality in novel and alarming ways.


There is the genuine creation of an underclass here in America based on vaccination status. This underclass is discriminated against, barred from public schooling, restaurants, doctor and hospital care, concerts and other public events, public transportation, etc. Furthermore, their freedom of speech is limited, and penalties, such as fines, are levied against them.


Critical to consider, medical mandates and vaccine passports disproportionately hurt the poor and working class. They may have less ability to change jobs due to a lack of transferable skills, less flexibility in accepting a lower-paying job, and fewer savings.


These mandates disproportionately hurt minority communities too. For example, according to New York City data, as of Nov. 30, 2021, 56% of black adult residents in New York City are not fully vaccinated. The majority of the adult black community would be affected by these medical mandates.


Black Lives Matter of Greater New York leader, Chivona Newsome, warned that the vaccine passport policy is fundamentally racist. She stated, "We're putting this city on notice that your mandate will not be another racist social distance practice." Efforts to segregate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated via the vaccine passport hypocritically segregate the majority of its black adults.


But beyond economic harms, there are other harms to consider too. There is open ridicule from the media of the unvaccinated and those who question vaccination. Public shaming and humiliation have a mental health cost on their intended targets. Their concerns are not merely ignored but openly censored as "misinformation."


Historically, segregation efforts and targeted discrimination against certain groups have been a moral and complete failure. Examples of state-backed use of segregation have led to atrocious civil liberties violations (i.e., the internment of Japanese-Americans, apartheid in South Africa, and a series of Jewish segregation efforts enacted by the German government between 1933-1939 pre-World War II). It'd be a folly to think segregation based on health status would fare differently.


Now critics often say, "vaccination status is not a protected class." But this disregards civil rights history - not too long ago, neither race and gender were recognized as protected classes. To dismiss the harms done to real people simply because they are not part of the traditionally recognized protected classes is a kind of hypocrisy. We, as progressives, should not stand for it.


Progressives are needed to call attention to these new inequalities and injustices created by medical mandates. They are required to bring the concerns of the minorities who are hurt to the forefront even if these concerns are inconvenient to current political lines. Conversely, the activist dictum "silence is violence" applies here when progressives fail to speak up against medical mandates.


Restricting Civil Liberties for the Greater Good - Necessary for Normalcy?

Progressives, take note! Any government's use of extraordinary measures that impede civil liberties should have extraordinary justification, and such measures should be temporary. If not, we risk the rise of authoritarianism, with elite interests wielding a weaponized government.


The Polemicist has a fantastic article that defines three criteria that medical mandates and vaccine passports must meet:

  1. Covid is an overwhelming, apocalyptic greater danger,
  2. Covid vaccines are a necessary, effective, and the only or least oppressive solution to that danger, and
  3. The vaccines themselves pose no serious risks, no possibility that they might cause other harms equal to or greater than the specific danger of Covid.


As we will see below, the COVID vaccines have failed to meet each of these three criteria.


Criterion #1 Debunked: COVID is an apocalyptic danger.


How dangerous would a disease have to be to be considered an "apocalyptic danger?" In the fiction book The Stand, author Stephen King posits a superflu that kills 90% of the people who contract it within two days. COVID-19 is most definitely not this scenario.


How about the initial pandemic models developed by Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson? His models were used to justify the worldwide lockdowns. For example, he predicted that by October 2020, without lockdowns, two million people would die in the United States. Even with lockdowns, his models predicted that one million people would die by October 2020.


In reality, these models turned out to be wrong. After real-world data started pouring in, the data showed that COVID-19, while concerning for the elderly and those with significant comorbidities, was not the killer it was purported to be. Moreover, while many people did die from COVID-19, a startling number of people exposed to COVID-19 never even got sick, and many people got mild cases equivalent to the flu. 


The infection fatality rate (IFR) is a metric that shows the proportion of people who get an infection and then subsequently die. The current data for COVID-19 shows an IFR of around 0.15%. This IFR is around the same ballpark as the flu.


In a Dec. 2020 letter to the editor of the BMJ, Cochrane founder Dr. Peter C Gøtzsche acknowledged the danger level from COVID was akin to the flu and warned about the effects of draconian medical countermeasures.


He wrote: "The infection fatality rate [for COVID-19] seems to be about the same as for influenza… The World Bank has just estimated that the corona pandemic has caused an increase of about 100 million people living in extreme poverty. This is not because of COVID-19. It is because of the draconian measures we have introduced. We need a better strategy."


Thus, COVID-19 is not an "apocalyptic danger" that warrants suspension of civil liberties and the use of unprecedented medical mandates. But, likewise, we need a better strategy than these medical mandates.


Criterion #2 Debunked: COVID vaccines are necessary to stop the virus.

 Our leaders tell us: "We must fight COVID. We must get tough on COVID. The unvaccinated are standing in our way." But how can we trust such rhetoric when it is clear that the Covid vaccine neither prevents infection nor stops transmission?


CDC director Rochelle Walensky recently acknowledged that vaccinated individuals can still get the Covid infection (called a "breakthrough infection") and that they still can transmit the virus. In her interview, she stated, "But what they [Covid vaccines] can't do anymore is prevent transmission."


A new pre-print study found that there is no significant difference in COVID-19 viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who test positive for infection, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. The implication is that vaccination is not making a difference in preventing transmission.


Concomitantly, there are reports worldwide of vaccine failure, meaning that fully vaccinated individuals are coming down with COVID-19. Health officials announced that Pfizer vaccine effectiveness has dropped to 39% in Israel. Gibraltar, one of the most heavily vaccinated populations globally, has seen recent case increases concerning enough that they are reportedly canceling Christmas.


The reason for diminishing effectiveness is simple to understand: vaccine-induced antibodies wane over time. This finding has been validated by several studies. For example, a UK study found that COVID vaccine protection wanes starting at three months, and an Israeli study found a similar finding.


Given the problem of waning immunity and the fact that the vaccine doesn't stop transmission, even the CDC is now reporting that vaccine-induced herd immunity may not be a viable strategy - a euphemism for "herd immunity is not possible from the vaccine."


Since controlling COVID-19 via the vaccine has proven to be scientifically dead-in-the-water, it means that medical mandates are similarly dead-in-the-water.


Criterion #3 Debunked: There are no serious risks from COVID vaccines.

 While any medical treatment, including vaccines, can have adverse side effects, the sheer amount of negative adverse reports related to the COVID vaccines raises red flags.


According to the latest data, as of Nov. 30, 2021, 900,000 injuries related to the COVID vaccine (19,000+ of which were deaths) were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. These are ordinary people like you or me. But why isn't public health acknowledging or investigating them?


Rather than acknowledge these harms, public health officials, doctors, and the media deny any vaccine injury exists and deride anyone criticizing vaccines, including those who are vaccine-injured, as being "anti-vaccine."


This derision serves to shift the focus away from vaccine safety reform (and its potential liability) to preserve the medical establishment's power. When presented with the phenomena of vaccine injury, vaccine proponents respond that VAERS reports are of "low quality" and "do not establish causality." Still, they omit additional facts that are important to the overall context.


First, they forget to mention that the number of VAERS reports related to the COVID vaccine during its first year exceeds that of all the other vaccines combined over 15 years.


The following infographic makes the problem clear:


The large number of reported deaths from the COVID vaccine over a short reporting time-period sends a warning signal that we cannot ignore.


Second, they do not mention the adverse effects already known to be associated with the Covid vaccine, including heart inflammation (myocarditis), Guillain–Barré Syndrome, and Bell's Palsy in COVID vaccine recipients. Nor do they mention that these conditions have been seen in VAERS reports.


Third, they do not mention the temporal association between the onset of severe medical conditions and receipt of the Covid vaccines. This study reported a suspiciously high number of serious events, including emergency room visits and deaths, clustered in the few days right after a person receives the vaccine.



If COVID vaccine injury reports were "mere random noise," we would expect a more uniform distribution in temporal reporting. But instead, we see a clustering of unfavorable adverse effects clustered around the time of vaccine receipt - thus implying a causal association.


Finally, vaccine proponents do not acknowledge research that brings up the possibility of harm from the COVID vaccines (for example, here, here, here, here, and here). Yet, these findings provide a biological rationale for how the COVID vaccines can harm and corroboration for the reported VAERS reports.


These reasons point to a more significant problem in medicine that needs addressing: the medical community is not taking vaccine injury seriously. A board-certified doctor stated: "It is devastating to me, not only that this happened, but that the medical community as a whole is not willing to acknowledge that this is happening."


Vaccine injury is the nail-in-the-coffin for the mandate argument. How can government officials willingly mandate a medical intervention, even if for the greater good, when it has the potential to harm innocents?


Moreover, the mandate argument dies when combined with the failure of the first two criteria. Government public health has not adequately met the public danger argument. Even if there was, it is clear that Covid vaccines are not the solution due to their inability to stop transmission.


Progressives are needed here too. Public health is misrepresenting the burden of proof criteria to protect the vaccine programs and prestige of the medical establishment. Vaccine injury is assumed not to exist unless the person experiencing the injury can prove it. Moreover, the government provides vaccine manufacturers significant liability protection.


It is fundamentally an unequal system that is adversarial to the needs of the ordinary people, and more significant reforms are needed. But, again, progressives are required to fight for the stifled voices and their concerns.


Safeguarding Civil Rights At the Time of the “War on COVID-19”

The "War on COVID-19" has become this generation's Vietnam War. It is a never-ending war in which vast resources and human resources have been used to fight an existential enemy, Communism in the former and the threat of infectious disease in the latter.


As government power holders and their corporate partners become more invested in "winning," the people's concerns are lost as civil rights are infringed upon.


Bluster about vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theory misses the point. Lost in the bluster are the real stories of people who are hurt by vaccine mandates, those injured by vaccines, and those whose lives are disrupted. 


Like it or not, the decision of whether individuals or the state can coerce someone to take a medical intervention, such as a vaccine, is a human rights question.


What is missing in all the public discussions is the dialectic, the synthesis of two opposing ideas into something new. Instead, no actual debate exists - authorities use force and censorship to squash inconvenient ideas or questioning.


Arguably, dialectic is a necessary condition for Progressivism. After all, how can the people use the government to solve society's ills if we cannot accurately assess and discuss the state of reality?


We need you to step in! We need Progressives to fulfill the true spirit of Progressivism. The weak and oppressed need representation. Civil rights need to be safeguarded. Government authoritarianism needs to be questioned.


Martin Luther King Jr once wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly."


How do we begin? We can start by refusing to participate in coercion and hate against one's neighbors. Next, pull your support for any candidate espousing medical mandates or segregation measures. Then, we will work together to fix a larger system that needs reforming by removing the conflicts of interest and making sure those systems truly serve the people.


In part two of this series, we will examine the roots of 21st-century Progressivism, how today's progressives have become complacent, and how the elites came to dominate our institutional systems. Finally, we will see how the COVID pandemic leads to a new vision for 21st-century Progressivism.


Nate Doromal is an activist and writer within the Vaccine Awareness and Vaccine Safety movement. He is a veteran software engineer, formerly with Google, who now works in finance. He holds an MS and an MBA in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. He holds an Executive MBA from the Smartly Institute. He was originally trained on vaccines and vaccine activism by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in her Mastering Vaccine Info Bootcamp. He has also studied immunological science extensively with Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych through her Building Bridges Course.

Join the Weekly Fauci Protest in Washington, DC

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Join the weekly protest.

If you’ve read The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health, you know the truth.
Tony Fauci must be fired, indicted, tried and sent to prison for his crimes!
Join us this and every Wednesday at noon at the Medical Center Metro on the National Institutes of Health campus (8810 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892).
Here’s the Indict Fauci leaflet we’ll be passing out at NIH this and every Wednesday.

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Why should Fauci be indicted? In addition to reading the Real Anthony Fauci, please watch these videos:
Dr. David Martin: Exposing the Coup D'Etat & the Plot to Steal America
Here’s Dr. Martin’s proposed indictment against Fauci and his co-conspirators.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) assails Dr. Anthony Fauci's record on the Senate floor.
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From 9/11-Anthrax to the Pandemic: Life & Liberty in the Balance

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Host: The next great speaker we have is Francis Boyle. Let me tell you a little bit about Francis. Francis Boyle is a University of Illinois College of Law Professor and the author of the United States implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention also known as the Biological Weapons Anti-terrorism Act of 1989 that was passed unanimously by both Houses of the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush Sr. with the approval of the United States Department of Justice. The story is told in his book Biowarfare and Terrorism (Clarity Press: 2005). So I want to introduce Francis Boyle here.

And you know I first heard Francis right at the beginning of this pandemic. We didn’t know each other at the time, but I’m watching this guy, he’s talking about Wuhan. He’s talking about bioweapons. I’m saying, “Let me listen to him.” I was really impressed and then I went back to try to watch it again and it was taken down by YouTube I believe. So he was censored right from the beginning but he seemed to be right on point as we say. So, Francis, thank you very much for being here and please teach us.

Francis Boyle: Well thank you very much for having me on. My best to your viewing audience. I did want to express my sincere condolences to the families, next of kin, and friends of those who suffered and died 20 years ago today. And that’s why I am here today to try to point a direction where we can go from here.

You all heard President Biden’s horrendous diktat to the American people that we must take these Frankenshots. I did some work against genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods – they were called Frankenfoods. I will call these things Frankenshots because they are not to be dignified with the word “vaccines.” And I’m here today to explain how can we fight back against a medical dictatorship that is currently being imposed upon us by Biden and his people. And here I’m just talking about the Americans, but I’ve consulted in Israel and other countries.

But here I’m just talking about us Americans and the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution clearly says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” That’s us!  And what I want to outline here today is the mechanism and means whereby we can get everyone involved in the Covid-19 pandemic prosecuted for murder and conspiracy to commit murder and then second, everyone involved in these Frankenshots can be prosecuted for murder and conspiracy to commit murder, on a state and local basis all over this country.

We know that the whole Federal government is in the tank there for Biden. You can’t believe anything they are telling you. It’s just been a pile of lies from the get-go, even under Trump. But we do have here in the United States are states attorneys, district attorneys, attorneys general, county prosecutors, etc.  Last time I looked into this there were over 400 of these local prosecutors and I am recommending here today a strategy for the common ordinary everyday citizens who live in their territorial jurisdictions to go into these local prosecutors and demand the prosecution of the people involved.

I’m going to explain how this happens in a minute. But these are  local prosecutors, not the Federal prosecutors.  Biden’s made it clear he’s working with Fauci against us and he controls the Department of Justice under Garland. They’re not going to help us. But these local prosecutors, they are elected by us, their salaries are paid by us, and they can be dis-elected by us. It’s that simple. And so we need to get people organized and go in and demand these indictments and prosecutions by these local prosecutors.  For what?

Well let me start with the pandemic itself. And here we have the very famous article that I have lectured on before, you can do Google it might still be up there, “SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronavirus pose threat for human emergence.” And it’s clear if you read this article that Covid-19 is an offensive biological warfare weapon with gain of function properties. It also according to Montagnier and the Indian Scientists has HIV DNA genetically engineered into it. It has also been aerosolized by means of nanotechnology. The Wuhan BSL4 bragged that they had been able to apply nanotechnology to viruses.

So my argument here then is that everyone involved in this contract can be prosecuted for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Why? I was originally hired here to teach Criminal Law to law students, future lawyers, and I taught it for seven or eight years before I moved over into teaching International Human Rights Law. But I still do criminal cases both for the defense and the prosecution on matters of principle.

Murder has a definition at Anglo-American common law that would apply to all states of the Union except as you know Louisiana that has a civil law system. I haven’t studied their civil law system. But every other state in the Union has a common law definition of murder. What is murder? It’s the unlawful killing of human beings with malice aforethought. Alright, let’s go through the elements with respect to the pandemic.

Unlawful. Okay, everyone involved in this project at the UNC BSL3 manufacturing Covid were acting in violation of my BWATA of 1989 that was passed unanimously by both Houses of the United States Congress and signed into law by President George Bush Sr. with the approval of the United States Department of Justice. So who was involved?
Menachery, University of North Carolina. There were several others involved here from the University of North Carolina, including Ralph Baric.

The National Center for Toxicological Research, Food and Drug Administration, they mention this fellow’s name. Think about that for a second. The FDA was involved in the development of an offensive biological warfare weapon with gain of function properties, using synthetic biology and, we will see, working with Fort Detrick and the Chinese Bat Queen from the Wuhan BSL4 which was also China’s first Fort Detrick. That’s why you can’t believe anything the FDA is telling you about the safety of any of these Frankenshots. Indeed the FDA is up to their eyeballs in offensive biological warfare Nazi death science. It’s that simple and we’ll continue from there.

Two foreign institutes, fine.  I’m not going to get into those here.

The Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School. I’m a triple alumnus of Harvard.  Notice Harvard Medical School is involved in developing an offensive biological warfare weapon with gain of function properties that has HIV DNA genetically engineered right into it and working with Fort Detrick and the Chinese Bat Queen from the Wuhan BSL4, China’s Fort Detrick. That’s also clear from this article.

Imagine that. Harvard working with Fort Detrick. As a matter of fact, Harvard is also a sponsoring institution for the Wuhan BSL4 which is China’s Fort Detrick. And the chair of the Harvard chemistry department, Lieber, worked on applying nanotechnology with Fort Detrick. And Lieber was also over at Wuhan working with Chinese scientists working on applying nanotechnology to biology and also chemistry.  I told you the Wuhan BSL4 bragged that they had applied nanotechnology to viruses. Why do you apply nanotechnology? To aerosolize it. That’s why. For aerial delivery to human beings so we breathe it in. Reports are that from scientists at MIT Covid-19 can travel up to 28 feet, and at Cornell, 21 feet. And that’s thanks to nanotechnology.

The next person on this contract, the Chinese Bat Queen, Zhengli-Li Shi. The infamous Chinese Bat Queen and a Director there at the Wuhan BSL4.  One of the founders of the Chinese Fort Detrick is over there working at the University of North Carolina to develop Covid-19.

And then of course Fort Detrick is mentioned in that article. They were involved in that UNC BSL3 too, working with the Chinese Bat Queen and everyone else there.

In addition, then, if you read to the end of this article, it is funded by the National Institutes of Health under Francis Collins. He knew all about it. You can’t believe anything Collins is telling you. He’s lying.

And also the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that’s Tony Fauci. So of course you can’t believe anything he’s telling you either.

And by the way, the Harvard Medical School, Biden hired this Dr. Walensky, head of CDC, from the Harvard Medical School. So of course you can’t believe anything she’s telling you. And CDC has been up to its eyeballs in offensive biological warfare Nazi death science dirty work since the beginning of the Reagan Administration when Reagan and his Neocons put Tony Fauci in charge of research, development, testing, and using DNA genetic engineering and now synthetic biology to manufacture every type of hideous biological warfare weapon you can possibly imagine as well as Covid-19. So all these people should be indicted for murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Now what’s the next stage? Killing human beings. The estimate is excess deaths here in the United States is about a million people. As for the dangers of the SARS-CoV-2, I have a book here by Professor Zubay and his graduate students at the Columbia University Biology Department that was written in 2005, long before the current controversy arose.  On page 188 of Professor Zubay’s book it says: “The overall death rate of SARS patients is 14-15%.” That was SARS1. Covid is SARS 2. Covid SARS 2 is SARS1 On Steroids. So this is extremely dangerous.

Now we come to the final element of murder, malice aforethought. Malice aforethought is a term of art. I have to lecture my law students for four days or so going through all the different elements of malice of forethought. But here the critical element of malice aforethought is acting with grave indifference to human life. That is an element of malice aforethought. So you can have malice aforethought with people acting with grave indifference to human life. And if you read the article here “SARS-like clusters…” they admit that they were acting with grave indifference to human life. They knew how dangerous this was, and they went about it anyway. All that has now been documented from the public record. I’ve been saying this right from the get-go of the Pandemic on January 24, 2020.

So we have all the elements there for murder by everyone I mentioned here. So I advise all of you listening to go out and get and button-hole your local prosecutor. And don’t send emails, lawyers don’t respond to emails. They respond to face-to-face contact. Say I want you to convene a grand jury, I want you to present this evidence to the grand jury, I want you to try to get the return of an indictment for murder against Menachery, Baric, the Bat Queen, Francis Collins, the Harvard Medical School person, Tony Fauci, the FDA person, the rest of them, as well as  conspiracy to commit murder. I believe the evidence is there.

The last time I looked there were over 400 or so of these local prosecutors around the country. I think we can get at least one of them to get indictments for murder and conspiracy to commit murder for everyone involved here on this contract for the development and research and manufacture of this offensive biological warfare weapon known as Covid-19.

Now let me move to the Frankenshots and there’s no other word for them. I’m not going to dignify them with name of vaccines or alleged vaccines. Just like Frankenfoods are to foods, Frankenshots are to shots. And I want to make it clear I’m not part of any anti-vax movement. I go vax by vax in evaluating them.

But here on the Frankenshots, let me go through the elements there as well. Unlawful killing of a human being with malice of forethought. Unlawful killing, okay. Clear cut blatant violation of the Nuremberg Code on Medical Experimentation. That is a Nuremberg Crime under international law for which we, the United States, prosecuted, convicted, and executed some Nazi doctors. Right. That’s exactly right.

In addition the Frankenshots violate the Nuremberg Crime against Humanity. This was President Franklin Roosevelt’s idea to set up the Nuremberg Tribunal. It was our idea. And in the Charter setting up the Nuremberg Tribunal there were three crimes: war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, let me quote for you crimes against humanity. This is from the Nuremberg Charter that we signed, that was President Roosevelt’s idea: “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY: namely, murder, extermination… and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population...” This was put in there for the express purpose of prosecuting the Nazi persecution of the German Jews, their own citizens. And that is exactly what Biden and his henchpeople are doing to us Americans today. And this Nuremberg Crime against Humanity is in the Nuremberg Charter of 1945. It is in the Nuremberg Judgment of 1946. It is in the Nuremberg Principles of 1950. They are all generally recognized as basic customary international criminal law all over the world.

So we have unlawful killing. So now we come to the element of malice aforethought for the Frankenshots. And here two other elements of malice aforethought: intention to kill or intention to cause grievous bodily harm. So the people responsible for the Frankenshots will say, “Well, we never intended to kill anyone.” Okay. Maybe they didn’t. But they certainly intended to cause grievous bodily harm on human beings. That has been documented right from the very get-go of the administration of the Frankenshots. People are dying soon after. I don’t know the exact figures. You can look at the VAERS statistics and multiply by 100. You can look at the European Health Agency. And those who do not die are subjected to serious life threatening, lifelong disabilities. So in my opinion yes we have the malice aforethought of intention to cause grievous bodily harm for the Frankenshots.

So what I would also recommend then is a second cause of action here  for people all over the country to go into their local prosecutors, states attorneys, district attorneys, county prosecutors, attorneys general, and say also : I’ve lost loved ones living in your jurisdiction to the Frankenshots. Or I’ve lost friends. I have autopsy reports, I have coroners’ reports saying this. And I want you to convene a grand jury and return an indictment for murder and conspiracy to commit murder against the people primarily behind these Frankenshots. And that would be Slaoui, the Director of Operation Warp Speed. You know: Beam me up, Scotty!  And the chief executive officers and scientists at I would say Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Those are the Frankenshots being used here in the United States. And Health and Human Services Secretaries for Trump and Biden. And we want you to return an indictment against these people from this grand jury. It could be the same grand jury as going after the people responsible for the pandemic, for a second set of indictments here for murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the Frankenshots. I think the legal theories are sound but we basically we need the American people to get organized and go out and do this.

Finally, as you know, President Biden has ordered all US military personnel to take these Frankenshots so in my concluding words here, I know I’m sort of running out of time, I am a lawyer, I try to deal with my allotted time. The military as you know had been ordered to take these Frankenshots. I helped defend Captain Doctor Yolanda Hewitt-Vaughn who refused to give the Frankenshots for Gulf War I that resulted in the Gulf War Sickness. Out of 500,000 troops inoculated--the Pentagon lies about the figures because they know they committed a Nuremberg Crime on our own troops. But out of 500,000 inoculated, 11,000 died and about 100,000 were disabled. And those I suspect are underestimates. That’s the Gulf War Sickness and that was inflicted upon our fairly healthy young men and women in our armed forces. You can extrapolate from there what is going to happen to the general population with these Frankenshots that are far more dangerous than the Gulf War I Frankenshots. Likewise, the Gulf War I Frankenshots infected healthcare workers who were treating them indicating a biological warfare agent was at work. And also family members indicating a biological warfare agent was at work. I suspect we are going to see this breaking out all over in the next two years.

So my advice to members of armed forces is that if you are given an order whether orally or in writing to take the Frankenshots, be respectful because they’ll get you for contempt of a superior officer. Don’t lose your cool. And say sir, I respectfully decline to take these Frankenshots. This is an illegal order in violation of the Nuremberg Code on Medical Experimentation that is a Nuremberg Crime under international law, and it is illegal also under the Nuremberg Charter, Judgment and Principles that the United States government was responsible for at Nuremberg and we prosecuted, convicted, and executed Nazis for violating this body of law and so sir, I respectfully decline to take these Frankenshots.

Now my advice to the military at this point is with all due respect to JAG officers, I’ve worked with them, they’re fine. But JAG officers can only do so much for you, JAG lawyers, they are in the chain of command. You are going to have to go out and get civilian attorneys who can exercise and assert your rights under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Now you have very substantial rights under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and it is a well-known principle of military law that you have no obligation to obey an illegal order.

I established  that in the court-martial of the very first GI  resister to Gulf War I, U.S. Marine Corporal Jeff Patterson who refused to ship out to Saudi Arabia when ordered to by President Bush Sr. saying that this was just another U.S. imperialist war for oil, which it was. He was charged with failure to obey a lawful order. I went out to Kaneohe Bay for preliminary court martial proceedings. I was out there arguing for three and a half hours that this order was illegal, not authorized by law. And the judge took it under advisement and about ten days later Patterson was out of the Marine Corps. They did not want to go to trial with this posture of the case. How I did that is explained in my book Protesting Power: War, Resistance, and Law (Rowman & Littlefield Press: 2008). So my advice would be get copies of that book, line up your civilian defense lawyers-- all military bases have around them former retired JAG lawyers and JAG judges or civilian lawyers, who specialize in the UCMJ.

This is very complicated to do. You can’t really do it on your own, so get yourself civilian defense counsel. But what you can do on your own in the military personnel I’m speaking to is say, sir I respectfully decline to carry out your illegal order that I take this Frankenshot in violation of the Nuremberg Code on Medical Experimentation and in violation of the Nuremberg Charter, Judgment, and Principles. Thank you very much. I think I did it just on time. Thank you.

Francis A. Boyle
University of Illinois College of Law

What Really Happened at Wuhan?

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November 16, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsCOVID-19, COVID-19 Origins, OCA on COVID-19 institute-of-virology-1200x630.png

Since the onset of the international health and political crisis precipitated by COVID-19, I’ve been obsessively reading articles, scientific papers, and books on the pandemic and watching videos and podcasts. I’ve been discussing and exchanging emails with my closest and most well-informed activist and scientific counterparts across the globe, on a daily basis, especially focusing on the now obvious lab origins and genetic engineering of SARS CoV-2 and the Establishment cover up and censorship that is now unraveling. I’ve written and selected for publication in this newsletter numerous articles and videos, and co-authored a best-selling book with Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Truth About COVID-19 on the origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19.

In preparation for our upcoming campaign to defund and ban the Mad Science of weaponizing viruses, bacteria, and insects, euphemistically called Gain-of-Function research, that gave rise to COVID-19, I’ve doubled-down on my research. This week I just read and then reread an important book on the origins of the pandemic, written by an Australian investigative reporter Sharri Markson, entitled What Really Happened at Wuhan: The Cover Ups, the Conspiracies, and the Classified Research.

Harper Collins Publishers summarizes the book well:

“The origins of Covid-19 are shrouded in mystery. Scientists and government officials insisted, for a year and a half, that the virus had a natural origin, ridiculing anyone who dared contradict this view. Tech giants swept the internet, censoring and silencing debate in the most extreme fashion. Yet it is undeniable that a secretive facility in Wuhan was immersed in genetically manipulating bat-coronaviruses in perilous experiments. And as soon as the news of an outbreak in Wuhan leaked, the Chinese military took control and gagged all laboratory insiders.

“… What Really Happened in Wuhan is a ground-breaking investigation from leading journalist Sharri Markson into the origins of Covid-19, the cover ups, the conspiracies and the classified research. It features never-before-seen primary documents exposing China's concealment of the virus, fresh interviews with whistle blower doctors in Wuhan and crucial eyewitness accounts that dismantle what we thought we knew about when the outbreak hit.

“With unprecedented access to Washington insiders, Markson takes you inside the White House, with senior Trump lieutenants revealing first-hand accounts of fiery Oval Office clashes and new stories of compromised government advisors and censored scientists.

“Bravely reported and chillingly laid out, Markson brings to light the stories of the pandemic from the people on the ground: the scientists and national security officials who raised uncomfortable truths and were labelled conspiracy theorists,
until government agencies began to suspect they might have been right all along.”

Up until this book by Sharri Markson, very few investigators, except for Alexis Baden-Mayer of the OCA and Whitney Webb from Unlimited Hangout, have pointed out that most of the money going to the reckless genetic engineering of Potential Pathogenic Pathogens (PPPs) has come from the military industrial complex of the U.S., China, and other nations, rather than just from Big Pharma, vaccine entrepreneurs, far exceeding the money coming from government public health funders such as Anthony Fauci’s NIAID, the U.S. and Chinese Centers for Disease Control, and others.

The Pentagon and global military institutions call the type of genetic engineering and lab manipulation carried out at Wuhan, China, Fort Detrick, Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, the University of Wisconsin, and hundreds of other bio-safety labs “dual-use” research, meaning that it has both medical and biological weapon potential. Under international treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention, lab engineering of biological weapons is strictly prohibited. This is why the Pentagon and the Chinese military prefer to fund “dual use” research such as the PPP research that has caused numerous lab leaks in the past and the accidental escape (or deliberate release) at Wuhan that unleashed COVID-19, as Markson’s book reveals.

To learn more about Markson’s book and order a copy, go here: What Really Happened In Wuhan

Please sign OCA’s petition to ban the engineering and weaponizing of viruses and other Potential Pandemic Pathogens PPPs

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International. To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.

CDC Surrendered; Give a Pass to the Naturally Immune

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COVID-19, COVID-19 Actions, Others on COVID-19TBOrganic Consumers AssociationNovember 8, 2021 people_street_face_masks_1200x630.jpg

Joe Biden is losing the CoVid culture wars, and the polls are getting worse. Yet the Centers for Disease Control just handed him a lifeline back to regain the hearts of millions of voters.

CD quietly, without fanfare, just surrendered its year-long pretense that natural immunity to Covid doesn’t exist. A new science brief on its website acknowledges infection-induced immunity and vaccine-induced immunity offer equivalent protection — CDC says, for 6 months.1  

Much of the developed world already knew this, based on data over the past year. Since November 2020, study after study has found protection induced by a CoVid infection is at least as good as vaccine-induced immunity.

All 27 EU countries and 16 others issue recovery certificates, vaccination certificates, and negative test certificates, equally, for people to enter public places and socialize.2 There is no category for the recovered in the U.S. They are invisible, or worse.

The way U.S. officials talk, people who survived Covid and remain unvaccinated deserve to be blamed for swelling emergency rooms and intensive care, costing jobs, and disrupting the economy. The insinuation is that claims of natural immunity are just as bonkers and as much a threat to public safety as the anti-mask, no social-distancing political fringe. Science shows it isn’t so.

World Health Organization records count 16,306,656 “Coronavirus Recovered” Americans.3 CDC figures half remain unvaccinated,4 about 8-million people.

Former CDC medical officer, infectious disease specialist, and University of Southern California professor, Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, just co-authored a review of 10 studies across six countries. It affirmed the findings that prior infection protects “for 10 months or more, similar to the protective effect of vaccination.”5

“From the public health perspective,” says Klausner, “denying jobs and access and travel to people who have recovered from infection doesn’t make sense.”6

Privately, they knew

Dr. Anthony Fauci, 80, has been Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.  He oversees research and has been Chief Medical Officer to six presidents, starting with President Reagan.

Privately, Fauci acknowledged eight months ago he expected natural immunity to be “substantial.” In the wee hours of March 4, 2021, Fauci was asked in email “if a person is likely to be immune after they caught the coronavirus once?” He replied, “No evidence in this regard, but you would assume that their [sic] would be substantial immunity post infection.”7

The committee of medical and health experts that advised CDC on use of CoVid vaccines recommended crediting natural immunity in its vaccine strategy. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices had in its December 2020 slide deck, “if you have had natural infection, you can wait 90 days” before seeking vaccination.8

The 90-days was based on just some of the earliest studies that found immunity at three months, says Dr. Monica Gandhi, infectious disease specialist and professor at the University of California-San Francisco. She recalls, “They said you can wait, because ‘please give it to other people who need it more.’ ”8

At the time, good data had just started to surface.

The evidence

By November 2020, an estimated 55 million people worldwide had been infected when evidence began emerging that CoVid reinfections from the SARS virus were occurring.9 But there were no symptomatic reinfections, except maybe one in a region with the highest number of cases per million in the world.10 The mechanisms of protection weren’t and still aren’t defined.1,11,12

November 4, a study of 2,800 people in the U.K. after the first wave of CoVid found no symptomatic re-infections over a ~118-day window.12,13 It also found memory T- cells predicted protection in people who had recovered, even when antibodies were low.13

Another U.K. study of 1,246 people reported seeing no symptomatic re-infections in its 2,398 healthcare workers. Over six months, 89 symptomatic PCR-confirmed cases occurred, but none were in people who previously had covid.14

November 16, a National Institutes of Health-funded study at La Jolla Institute for Immunology announced, “durable immunity is a possibility for most individuals.”15 Across 188 cases with a full range of CoVid disease — asymptomatic to severe — it determined “immune memory in at least three [of four] immunological compartments was measurable in ~95% of subjects 5 to 8 months” after infection. Antibodies declined over time but memory B-cells that activate and generate T-cell or antibody responses were “robust and … more abundant at 6 months than at 1 month.”12

“They just keep on going at the same level,” says Gandhi, “so they're estimating it could be lifelong memory B cells. And then memory T-cells are so high,” she says, “they emulate the half-life of what happens after a yellow fever vaccination with memory T-cells. The yellow fever vaccination is once in a lifetime.”8, 16

By the time the NIH-La Jolla study was published February 5,15 the U.S. vaccine strategy was underway.

“As we continued to put effort into vaccination and set targets,” reflected Klausner, “it became apparent to me that people were forgetting that herd immunity is formed by both natural immunity and vaccine immunity.”17

The shortage of vaccines globally prompted Israeli scientists, however, to question whether to vaccinate the previously infected. They mined data on the whole population, six million people age 1+, starting the summer of 2020. In April 2021, they announced that prior infection and vaccination (two shots Pfizer) offer similar protection against infection, hospitalization and severe illness. They said, “Our results question the need to vaccinate previously-infected individuals.”18

In May, Ireland’s Health Information and Quality Authority announced findings from the first systematic review of real-world evidence on the risk of reinfection. It analyzed databases of 615,777 antibody- or PCR-positive people from January 1, 2020, to mid-February 2021, across 11 studies from Austria19, Denmark20, Israel21, Qatar22, the U.S.23,24 and U.K.14,25,26,27,28 including three studies with healthcare workers and two with elder-care home residents and staff. The review affirmed reinfections can recur among the previously infected but are uncommon, at a rate of 0.0%—1.1%. No study found an increase in risk of reinfection over time.29

May 10, 2021, the World Health Organization posted a scientific brief, “CoVid Natural Immunity,” saying, “Available scientific data suggests that in most people immune responses remain robust and protective against reinfection for at least 6-8 months after infection.3

May 15, the Cleveland Clinic completed examining its 52,238 employees “to maximize the benefits of whatever vaccine is available.” The 2,139 (99.3%) CoVid cases that occurred over 10 months were in those not vaccinated and not previously infected, while 15 cases (0.7%) were in those who were vaccinated but not previously infected. None of the 2,579 previously infected employees got CoVid again, including 1,359 who remained unvaccinated. The study concluded previously infected people are unlikely to get reinfected, “whether or not they receive the vaccine...A practical and useful message would be to consider symptomatic CoVid-19 to be as good as having received a vaccine, and that people who have had CoVid-19 confirmed by a reliable laboratory test do not need the vaccine.”30

June 2021, the University of Missouri School of Medicine announced its review of 9,119 patients with severe CoVid, among the largest U.S. studies of its kind. Across 62 healthcare facilities from December 2019 to November 2020, 63 patients (0.7%) contracted the SARS virus a second time. Two died. It found asthma and nicotine dependence is associated with reinfection.”31

June reports of waning immunity from vaccines against the Delta variant32 prompted Israeli scientists to compare it with protection from prior infection. They compared 46,035 members of Maccabi Healthcare Services who caught CoVid at some point with the same number of double-vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated individuals were 13-fold more likely to have a breakthrough infection than people who had a prior case of CoVid. Symptomatic Delta breakthrough infections were 27-times more likely among the vaccinated than in those recovered from prior infection. Vaccinated individuals also had 6.7-fold higher chance of being hospitalized. Researchers concluded “natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease, and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant” than two-doses of (Pfizer) vaccine-induced immunity.33,34

Doctors in The Times of Israel stressed these findings do not mean people should expose themselves to CoVid and get sick on purpose. Israel’s public message strongly encourages vaccinations for non-immune adults but, at the same time, is honest about natural immunity to make the most of its resources.34

CDC apparently had not posted any of the studies above, nor the WHO report, nor any other studies on natural immunity until mid-August when it posted one study35 that supports vaccinating everyone. It compared 246 Kentuckians who had a positive CoVid test in 2020 by vaccination status 5-9 months later: those who got vaccinated after recovering from their infection vs. those who didn’t get vaccinated after recovering. It found those who remained unvaccinated had 2.34 times the risk of reinfection compared with those who got vaccinated. “The health policy implication,” it says, “is that all eligible persons should be offered a vaccine, even those with previous infection.36

Recovery from an initial CoVid infection is not well defined.8,11,12 People with very low levels of CoVid viral components can test positive for weeks or months after an infection.18,20,17,18,37 The NIH-La Jolla study found “almost all individuals were positive for SARS-CoV-2 Spike and RBD IgG antibodies” at 5-8 months after symptoms onset12 although, by then, there’s no live virus and the person is no longer contagious to others.37,38  Chinese researchers early in the pandemic studied transmissibility and found none of 1,296 people in contact with 23 recurrent-positive patients showed symptoms over a three-month period; 100% of their viral RNA and antibody tests were negative.38

After the Kentucky study made headlines, President Biden announced new sweeping federal vaccine mandates affecting 100-million U.S. workers,39 even as Italian officials in a hard-hit province said their year-long study found CoVid infection “appears to confer a protective effect for at least a year.” Of 7,173 residents, 24 (0.33%) tested positive a second time. Most were asymptomatic. Four (0.06%) required hospitalization.40

September 25, 2021, Fauci was asked on CNN about the Israeli study33,34 finding natural immunity protects better than (Pfizer) vaccination, particularly against the Delta variant. Fauci questioned its durability compared to vaccines but admitted, “That is something we need to sit down and discuss seriously because … it is an issue and there could be an argument for” it.41  

By the end of September, Jeffrey Klausner told Kaiser Health News, “Everyone is just waiting, for Fauci to say, ‘Prior infection provides protection.’ ”6

Ethics and honesty 

The Israelis, the Cleveland Clinic, Klausner, Gandhi and others question the ethics of vaccinating those already naturally protected. The Cleveland Clinic posited from the start of its study, “The rationale often provided for getting the COVID-19 vaccine is that it is safer to get vaccinated than to get the disease. This is certainly true, but it is not an explanation for why people who have already had the disease need to be vaccinated.”30

“As of March 9, 2021,” the Clinic said, “dozens of countries had not been able to administer a single dose of the vaccine. As of May 17, 2021, only 17 countries had been able to reach 10 percent or more of their populations with at least the first dose of vaccine. Given such a scarcity of the vaccine, and the knowledge that vaccine does not provide additional protection to those previously infected, it would make most sense to limit vaccine administration to those who have not previously had the infection.”30

It's true that “duration of protective immunity from natural infection is not known,” the Clinic continued. “However, the same also can be said about duration of protective immunity from vaccination. Uncertainty about the duration of protective immunity afforded by natural infection is not by itself a valid argument for vaccinating previously infected individuals.”30

Two days before CDC posted its brief, Dr. Marty Makary, MD, MPH, surgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins University, was frank on a Fox radio talk show.42

“We’ve had a few doctors making all the Covid decisions in the United States and they’re Old School doctors and they’re not doing certain things they should be doing. Like, inviting people who got infected 18 and 19 months ago to come in and have their blood drawn. Check ‘em for antibodies of all kinds. Do a formal analysis. Look at the immunity profile. That is research that we should have, that we don’t have. . .This is data we need right now to inform policy.”42

Makary and colleagues are doing the study themselves. They’re analyzing blood samples from more than 1,000 people who got CoVid early on, testing the durability of natural immunity as we approach two years in the pandemic. He expects results in November.42

“They have $50 billion, between CDC and NIH, and 30,000 employees,” said Makary. “They couldn’t do this study on natural immunity to just answer the question? Instead, they’re parading around the world that ‘we don’t know about natural immunity.’”42

“They’re too busy with their funding, testing the dogs, beagles, torturing them. It’s insane,” says Makary. “They spend $20 billion on animal experiments, and they can’t find the time to answer this big question the American people are asking, and the rest of the world knows … that natural immunity is real.”42

“I’ve got a $1-million research budget and 8 staff,” he said, “but we’re going to answer this question, once and for all.”42 

Two days later, CDC posted its brief, acknowledging it “does not represent a systematic review of all the scientific literature” on infection-induced immunity. It concedes infection-induced natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity confer equivalent protection for six months [the most conservative minimum in the data]. Yet it still recommends vaccinating everyone, regardless. It advocates vaccination for a “higher, more robust, and more consistent level of immunity than infection alone.”1 It appears to emphasize high levels of antibodies as a metric of immunity, more than memory-B and T-cells.

Gandhi explains we want antibodies to decline over time. “If antibodies didn’t clear from our bloodstream after we recover from a respiratory infection, our blood would be thick as molasses.”17

Also, as UCLA pediatric rheumatologist, Patrick Whelan, MD, PhD says, his sickest CoVid patients in intensive care “had loads of antibodies, so why didn’t [antibodies] protect them?” Whelan told The British Medical Journal the real memory in our immune system resides not in the antibodies themselves but in the [memory T and B] cells.”17

Makary says American “government doctors” didn’t want to see the research that existed. “They didn’t want to look to see when people test positive after they’ve recovered.”42

Why? “Because it undermines the vaccine-for-all message, which is generally a good message,” says Makary, “but they see it as threatening to a very simple and streamlined message — to tell every single human being to get vaccinated as the only path out of the pandemic. That’s what they tell me privately.”42

Political debacle

The political cost to the White House in denying what much of the developed world already knew was evident in the weeks before the November 2, 2021, election. Economist-YouGov polls show Biden’s handling of CoVid, especially vaccine mandates, is further eroding his sinking poll numbers.

An Economist-YouGov poll asked registered voters October 24-26, 2021, if they supported Biden’s vaccine mandates and found 52 percent supported vaccine mandates; 43 percent opposed the mandates.43 Those numbers held through election day.

When registered voters were asked October 24-26, 2021, if they “approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling CoVid,” 48% approved, 44% disapproved. By November 2, 49% approved, but 47% disapproved, picking up more of the “not sure.”44

Worse, independent registered voters increasingly disapproved of Biden’s vaccine mandates as election day approached. October 24-26, 48% of independents disapproved, 44% approved. By November 2, 2021, independents broke 56% against Biden’s policy, only 36% in favor.44 

Gandhi and Makary believe the argument for natural immunity got politicized and confused along the way.8

It didn’t help when President Trump released himself from the hospital, still sick with CoVid, still contagious, and tore off his mask on the White House balcony with others around, going inside.45 Then, in a tweet a few days later, he declared himself immune.46

It didn’t help that anti-vax, anti-mask demonstrations turned violent. The Associated Press reports demonstrators have invoked the Taliban, Nazis, the Holocaust, and leaders of Japanese internment camps when accusing teachers, school board members, doctors and local leaders of “crimes against humanity. . .People have been stabbed, punched or harassed at their homes for being in favor of vaccine and mask mandates. Often the assailants are parents.”47,48

Results of Makary’s study could ease some of the CoVid culture wars. If it shows what Makary hypothesizes it will show, Biden will have a graceful way to make amends with millions of recovered voters.

Imagine Biden welcoming to the White House the scientists who did the research to answer this question of consequence to every human on the planet.

Imagine Biden telling the nation science shows we must change how we talk about and treat the recovered. He’d say, we need to stop talking in terms of the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated. To be scientific, we should start speaking about the immune and the non-immune.17

Imagine Biden telling ~8-million “Coronavirus Recovered” Americans who remain unvaccinated, “We’re giving you a Recovery Certificate, so you can keep your job. Just like a vaccination or negative test certificate. And it will align the United States with a system recognized in 27 EU countries and 16 non-EU countries, facilitating travel.2"

Imagine Biden telling the world we’ll make more prudent use of vaccines in the recovered, so there’s more to share with the world.

It shouldn’t be hard to say we’re following the science.


TB is a former policy director, editor, producer and writer. She got the Moderna vaccine.


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Fighting Back Against the "Book Burners"

Organic consumers - Mon, 2021-11-08 13:42
November 8, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsCOVID-19, OCA on COVID-19 gavel_1200x630.png

Organic Consumers Association Director Ronnie Cummins, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Chelsea Green Publishing have filed a federal lawsuit against Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) for violating the plaintiffs’ constitutionally-guaranteed free speech, specifically by sending out a letter, reprinted widely in the mass media, demanding that Amazon (and by implication others) stop selling Cummins and Mercola’s best-selling book, The Truth About COVID-19.

Ironically, Senator Warren, a former law professor, in her unsuccessful attempt to gain the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2020, and throughout her political career, has tried to paint herself as an expert on Constitutional law and a progressive champion of free speech, science-based policy, and individual choice.

Warren has threatened Amazon, the nation’s largest bookseller, warning that unless they stop selling the book, The Truth About COVID-19, Congress will pass federal legislation in retaliation that would cost the giant bookseller billions of dollars. In the current politically polarized climate of fearmongering and authoritarianism surrounding the COVID pandemic, social media companies including Facebook, Google, and YouTube, booksellers, and the legacy mass media have joined forces with the Biden administration, Big Pharma, military contractors, and federal health bureaucrats to censor, slander, and suppress alternative information regarding the origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.

After a year of slandering OCA and our allies as “conspiracy theorists” for exposing the now overwhelming  evidence that COVID-19 arose out of reckless gain-of-function lab engineering of viruses in Wuhan, China, (a jointly financed and engineered venture of the U.S. and Chinese governments, military, and scientists), the internet giants and even the Biden administration have had to back off from their now discredited official propaganda narrative that SARS CoV-2 arose “naturally,” and thus could not have been foreseen nor prevented.

Currently, members of Congress, the majority of the public and even the mass media have begun calling for the resignation or firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who championed and funded reckless gain-of-function virus experiments at the dangerously unregulated, accident-prone Wuhan Institute of Virology and associated labs, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and then basically lied about his criminal negligence under oath to Congress.

Now that the dogmatic official story claiming “natural” origins of the SARS CoV-2 has unraveled, other components of the official narrative, debunked in the book, The Truth About COVID-19, are also being exposed as lies. These lies include the scientifically unjustified claim that children and youth, and adults in good health with strong immune systems and adequate levels of Vitamin D face mortal risks from SARS-CoV-2 that far exceed the seasonal flu and thus require mandatory vaccination; that there are no off-label generic drugs (such as Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine) and supplement protocols (Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Quercetin, Zinc, and Melatonin) that can safely and effectively prevent infection and transmission, or provide effective early treatment against the virus; that natural immunity for the 100+ million Americans who have already had COVID and recovered is inadequate; that the benefits of masks (outside of hospital settings) and lockdowns outweigh the risks and collateral social, psychological, and economic damage; and that the experimental and increasingly mandatory experimental vaccines being injected into young and old, healthy and unhealthy alike, and those with naturally acquired immunity, are absolutely safe and effective, despite over 17,000 reported deaths and over 818,000 adverse effects already filed by medical professionals, patients, and family members under the official VAERS reporting system, as of October 15.

In the lawsuit against Senator Warren, Cummins, Mercola, Kennedy, and Chelsea Green are seeking an injunction against Warren to cease and desist in her efforts to suppress free speech and shred the Constitution during a time of crisis when free speech and free inquiry have become matters of life or death.

Read OCA’s press release on the lawsuit here.

My Experience With Mild COVID and Early Treatments

Organic consumers - Tue, 2021-10-19 17:52
October 19, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationNate DoromalCOVID-19, COVID-19 Treatment, OCA on COVID-19 c3_1200x630.png

Medical Disclaimer: The below does not constitute medical advice. It is presented for informative purposes and to detail my own COVID-19 experience, including what treatments I used. You should discuss COVID-19 treatments with your physician, especially if you have pre-existing conditions.

I got COVID-19, and I recovered. Below are the details of my experience and the COVID treatment protocols I used to get better.

I want to paint an honest picture of what getting COVID-19 was like. There are cases of people who got it but are largely asymptomatic or have symptoms akin to a cold. In contrast, I got decently sick - overall still considered mild COVID but akin to some of the tougher flu cases I have experienced. It took me a full two weeks until I could say I was recovered, which is pretty typical for mild cases.

While getting COVID-19 was no walk in the park, too often, the media paints too fearful a picture of it, emphasizing dying people on ventilators and then long-haul COVID. The truth is that over one hundred million Americans, including myself, have recovered from COVID-19.

With so many people getting COVID -19, the focus of medicine should have been how to treat early COVID effectively at home to minimize the possibility that it will worsen. Here I hope to share knowledge regarding early treatment. 

What is it like for me to get COVID-19?

While getting COVID-19 was no walk in the park, too often, the media paints too fearful a picture of it, emphasizing dying people on ventilators and then long-haul COVID. The truth is that over one hundred million Americans, including myself, have recovered from COVID-19, and you have the ability to do so too.

For two days, I felt like I had a cold coming down. But then, I got full-blown sickness with fever, chills, and body aches. Suspecting COVID, I started parts of the FLCCC Early Outpatient I-Mask+ Protocolthat evening. I took a dose of Ivermectin, vitamin D3, vitamin C, quercetin, and zinc. I was lucky in that I had prepared all of this in advance just in case I came down with COVID.

The Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance is a group of front-line clinicians whose purpose is to research and develop effective treatment protocols for COVID-19. They pioneered a hospital treatment protocol for severe cases and the early treatment protocol, which I used. They have extensively researched the efficacy of Ivermectin. Their early protocol is as follows:

I did not use Fluvoxamine during the time I was sick as I didn’t have it on hand. I did not do the nasal/oral rinse, though, given the mouth problems I later experienced, I wish I had.

I was completely floored during the first three days. I had a moderate fever, chills, and the fatigue was such that I had to lie down in bed all day long. My body ached all over, sufficiently enough that it was difficult sleeping. On top of this, I had a pretty bad headache. Oddly enough, I did not have any cough and sore throat, but I did have some swelling in the salivary glands. I was lucky not to have any shortness of breath during the entire time I was sick.

I drank a lot of fluids (mainly herbal teas with honey). I got a respite from the fever, chills, and body aches by taking hot baths with Epsom salt thrice a day. I had little to no appetite during these first initial days.

A well-meaning friend sent me this COVID case guideline, but the only part I agreed with was the guidance on fluids. There was no way I could have physically consumed 2000 calories and 75-100 grams of protein in my state during those first couple of days. The only things I could eat were soups and bone broth. There is wisdom in the body in suppressing appetite as it only allows the energy used for digestion to be devoted to healing.

My headache picked up on day 2. In response, I added aspirin and added 10 mg of melatonin in the evening and continued using this for the next five days until the headache became tolerable.  This helped me with my sleep. However, I am not in the habit of using painkillers, so I limited my aspirin to just one dose of 325 mg at bedtime.

On day 3, my fever and chills continued, and I remained in bed all day long. I started megadosing vitamin C until bowel tolerance, taking around 10-15 grams orally per day. I continued using vitamin C during the remainder of the time I was sick.

On day 4, I felt strong enough to sit at a desk and use a computer. I had a bad spasming headache that lasted all day. My fever broke, and my chills abated. I noted today that my gums had become swollen and painful.  Looking at the research, I learned that the mouth tissue has ACE2 receptors, making it a target for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. My appetite had come back somewhat, but due to my mouth condition, eating was painful.

On day 5, I felt a lot stronger. I still had a headache, and I was still sick. But it was more like a normal sick instead of a COVID sick. My improvement was substantial enough to feel confident that I was out of the woodsand would not get severe COVID.

On day 6, I felt about the same as the previous day. I was still sick, and I felt like this virus was hanging around. So I started the Brownstein Protocol, which Dr. David Brownstein developed. He used this protocol to treat over 500 COVID patients with zero deaths and a meager hospitalization rate.  The goal of the protocol is to boost the body’s immune system capabilities to fight off the virus.

It consists of the below vitamin oral supplements and the use of a nebulizer with 0.04% hydrogen peroxide with one drop of 5% Lugol’s iodine:

A nebulizer is a medical device that converts liquid medication into a mist so it can be inhaled into the lungs (the one I used is here). While hydrogen peroxide is known as a disinfectant that can kill viruses and bacteria, it is less known that our own white blood cells use hydrogen peroxide as a weapon against infection. At the start of the pandemic, I purchased one after seeing anecdotal reports that it helped against COVID. I used the nebulizer 1-2x times a day.

From days 6-10, I stayed on the Brownstein protocol. I noted that midday, after taking the vitamins, that I felt a boost in my energy. My headache and fatigue were still present, but I saw steady improvement day-to-day. On day 8, I started taking 600 mg of NAC after learning research that suggested it can inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

My mouth was still giving me problems. My gums were still swollen, and it was surprisingly uncomfortable. I started to treat it actively. Overall though, improvement for my mouth was slow.

I started oil pulling twice a day using coconut oil with two drops of clove essential oil. Clove oil is a known natural remedy for helping with swollen gums, and I got some immediate relief from it. I also started taking 4,000 mg of lysine to promote mouth wound healing. I also started using colloidal silver, purported to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. I would take a teaspoon of it and swish it around my mouth before swallowing it five times daily. The use of the nebulizer also helped my mouth.

On days 11-13, I noticed that my energy levels got better each day, but some fatigue and headache persisted. So I pushed down my vitamin intake to 25,000 IUs of Vitamin A, 8,000 IUs of Vitamin D, 50 mg of zinc, and 8 mg of iodine. Mouth started to feel better by day 12 though some minor swelling remained even past day 14.

By day 14, I was feeling good enough that I could say I had recovered. Certainly, it was not yet time to do heavy exercise, but I was back to doing work and chores around the house.

In retrospect, if I had to re-do my treatment protocol, I would have started the FLCCC I-Mask+ protocol and the Brownstein vitamin protocol concurrently. I missed a few days of Ivermectin doses because I did not think I needed it anymore. Had I known the COVID would hang on the entire two weeks, I would not have missed any doses. I also would have started treating my mouth earlier as soon as I had indications it was a problem. I felt like I also got a lot of benefits from nebulizing; I should have started immediately.

I had chosen these particular protocols largely due to familiarity since I had been actively researching them. There are other good protocols, including the Zelenko protocol (which makes use of HCQ) and the Bartlett protocol (which makes use of budesonide). Dr. Peter McCullough has a good guide to COVID early treatment (available free here).

I recommend doing research on all of the discussed protocols and then discussing options with your physician. It is better to have your homework done and have a plan before you need it. For example, you should be familiar with obtaining Ivermectin (see instructions at FLCCC and at America’s Frontline Doctors). Those sites also list front-line doctors who are experienced in treating COVID-19 and are available for telehealth sessions.

What are the risks from COVID-19?

In reality, there is a wide variety of demographic and genetic profiles in society, and not all of us will be equally affected by COVID-19. Often the media likes to make the risk decision for us while neglecting to tell us the actual probability of harm or that these probabilities differ per person.

In its COVID-19 Pandemic Planning Scenarios document (last updated March 19, 2021), the CDC calculated its best estimate of infection fatality rates based on the latest epidemiological data. Infection fatality rates (IFR) are defined as the ratio of deaths per number of infections. 

While these IFRs are an aggregate measure of risk (sometimes IFRs can differ depending on local conditions), they provide a rough idea of the odds of death.

To make it easier to interpret, we can present the above information in an odds format to give a rough estimate of the odds of death depending on the age range.

0–17 years old: 

1 in 50,000

18–49 years old: 

1 in 2,000

50–64 years old: 

1 in 167

65+ years old: 

1 in 11

According to the CDC estimates, these statistics mean that death occurs in roughly 1 in 50,000 COVID cases in children, 1 in 2,000 cases in adults ages 18-49, 1 in 167 cases in adults ages 50-64, and 1 in 11 cases for seniors. To put these statistics into perspective, the FBI in 2018 calculated the murder rate to be 1 in 20,000, and the odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash in 2019 were approximately 1 in 8,400.

Still, rough risk estimates can be higher or lesser depending on the characteristics of the person. For example, having one or more pre-existing conditions (also called co-morbidities) affects the risk of severe COVID-19 infection. Some of these conditions include asthma, diabetes, cancer, obesity, having a heart condition, etc. If one did not have these pre-existing conditions, then conceivably, one would have improved recovery odds relative to the CDC estimates.

The 1 in 11 fatality case odds for death for seniors warrants some discussion. COVID affects seniors disproportionately relative to the other age groups. However, the 65+ age range is a wide band. Therefore, one would expect risks to differ substantially depending if one were age 65 versus age 80+. Also, pre-existing conditions widely vary among the elderly, which would lead to a wide variance in fatality case odds among seniors. Still, it would make sense then for seniors to take additional precautions related to COVID.

There are studies to indicate that a nutrient deficiency can serve as a risk factor for severe COVID. For example, this study found that vitamin D or selenium deficiencies may affect the immune system and increase the risk for severe COVID. Another study identified the importance of essential nutrients zinc, ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), vitamin D, and magnesium for both the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Even if one recovers, there is the possibility of long-haul COVID, a condition in which symptoms persist 60 days or more after recovery. According to a University of California study, long-haul COVID occurs in 27% of non-hospitalized patients. There are options to treat long-haul COVID, such as the FLCCC I-Recover protocol.

Given the above facts, I decided that the COVID vaccine was not worth it for me (see my examination of COVID vaccine injury risk). I am 39 years old with no pre-existing conditions and in decent health. I exercise five times a week, and my body weight is in the normal range. I eat a decently good diet with sufficient quantities of organic fruits and vegetables. Based on this, I gauged the mortality assessment for myself to be far less than the 1 in 2000 CDC statistic.

I did not think the short-term risk of COVID was sufficient to justify the potential long-term risks from the COVID vaccines. Despite getting sick, I now have immunity to the virus, and I believe I made the right decision. Of course, you might calculate differently for yourself. I believe it is a person’s right to decide whether or not the COVID vaccine is right for them.

The Case for Effective COVID Early Treatments

I considered myself lucky to have been researching COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. I was familiar with early treatment protocols, and I had the requisite supplements on hand. But what about others? Why isn’t this knowledge more widely known? There is a real need for research into early treatments and guidance for those who get sick,

Sadly, this guidance has been lacking from public health authorities. For example, during the pandemic height in 2020, too often, people who tested positive for COVID-19 were just left with the guidance “go home and, if you get worse, then go to the hospital.”

This lack of guidance did a tremendous disservice to the public, especially since there were front-line doctors, like FLCCC and America’s Frontline Doctors, who were at the forefront of pioneering treatments.

In testimony to the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Dr. Peter McCullough, professor of medicine at Texas A&M, calls the blatant disregard for COVID treatments a complete failure on the part of public health and medicine.

Dr. McCullough stated: “You get handed a diagnostic test that says ‘here you're COVD positive - go home.’ Is there any treatment? No. Are there any resources I can call? No. Any referral lines or research hotlines? No. That's the standard of care in the United States. How many of you have ever gotten a single word about what to do when you get handed a diagnosis? No wonder this is a complete and total failure at every level.”

Industry professionals have outrightly attacked early treatments despite evidence that speaks to their efficacy. One such treatment is the drug Ivermectin which has multiple favorable randomized controlled trials. The drug has been used in widespread settings in Mexico, India, and Argentina, with each region reporting significant death reductions. Despite some contrary studies cherry-picked by industry to discredit it, according to the FLCCC, the totality of the evidence speaks for itself.

The following infographic illustrates this evidence:

Could efforts to discredit Ivermectin be related to the pharmaceutical industry’s desire to produce its own patented anti-viral treatments? Since Ivermectin is a generic drug, it would command a substantially smaller profit margin than a patented anti-viral. 

A recent Science article lauded the benefits of Merck’s new anti-viral drug Molnupiravir with descriptions like “game-changer” but ironically ignored crucial evidence and demanded an impossible evidence bar from the generic drug Ivermectin. The double standard is obvious.

Unfortunately, public health authorities have deemphasized, or even sought to attack, possible COVID early treatments. Assumedly, such efforts teach the belief that if no early treatments were possible, then the importance of the vaccine becomes much greater. But, contrary to the goals of public health, such efforts lead to harm.

Still, public ignorance about early treatments helps with that goal but at a tremendous cost - it is hurting, even killing, Americans. So it is clear that medicine has some soul-searching to do.

It is now clear that the vaccine does not stop COVID variants, and there are currently over 100,000 reported “breakthrough” cases of COVID in fully vaccinated individuals. And, according to vaccinologist Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche, it is possibly the vaccination campaign during an ongoing pandemic that is driving the variants.

With vaccination unlikely to stop COVID-19, it is time for medicine and public health to place more of its focus on early treatments and the prevention of hospitalizations in the first place.

At this time, the CDC estimates 1 in 3 Americans have already been infected with COVID-19. That means approximately 114 million have already recovered from it. Furthermore, a new study shows that long-term immunity among those that have recovered is robust.

It will not be the vaccine that controls the pandemic but natural herd immunity obtained through COVID-19 recoveries. So let us make sure all doctors and clinicians know about early treatments so we can save lives and make that transition as smooth as possible. 

The Truth About COVID-19: What Now?

Organic consumers - Wed, 2021-10-13 23:24
October 13, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsCOVID-19, COVID-19 Treatment, COVID-19 Nature and Virulence, OCA on COVID-19 coronavirus_mask_1200x630.jpg

For the past 18 months OCA and our allies have done our best to search out and expose the shocking (and highly-censored) truth about COVID-19: its origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment. You can look at what we’ve discovered in my new best-selling book, The Truth About COVID-19, co-authored with Dr. Joseph Mercola, with a powerful Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr, which was released at the end of April.  Beyond this book, you can read the extensive, daily-updated, archives on COVID-19 compiled by OCA here, here, and here, as well as the archives of our long-time ally U.S. Right to Know.

So what have we accomplished in terms of COVID Truth–Telling?

First of all we, and an international network of independent investigators and scientists, have thoroughly debunked the “official story” (propagated by Communist China, global gene-engineers, military contractors, the U.S. government, Big Pharma, Anthony Fauci, and Bill Gates) that COVID-19 was a natural occurrence, unpredictable and unavoidable, and that critics like us pointing to overwhelming evidence of a lab release are nothing more than tinfoil-hat “conspiracy theorists,” embittered right-wing fanatics, or disinformation specialists.

A poll taken several months ago by Politico and Harvard University indicates that even then (with new evidence coming out daily) 59% of Republican voters and 52% of Democrats believe that SARS CoV-2 came out of an unregulated, accident-prone (dual-use, military and biomedical) virology lab in Wuhan, China. As Yahoo news pointed out: “The survey found that 52 percent of Americans believe coronavirus leaked from a lab, compared with 28 percent who think the pandemic started following human contact with an infected animal. Support for the lab-leak theory is bipartisan, with 52 percent of Democrat and 59 percent of Republican respondents backing the theory.”

More and more people now understand that all risky, gain-of-function experiments that engineer viruses, bacteria, and insects to become more deadly should be banned, not only in the US and China, but worldwide. OCA’s petition to ban gain-of-function experimentation now has over 65,000 signatures. Please, if you haven’t signed our petition already, do so now, and ask everyone you know to do the same.

Second of all, more and more people are becoming aware that the “official story” on the nature and virulence of COVID-19 is based on Big Pharma propaganda, faulty statistics, manipulated research, partisan politicking, and panic-mongering journalism, rather than sound science. The official propaganda narrative is that COVID-19 (and now, its highly transmissible, but less virulent variants) pose a mortal threat to everyone, young and old, healthy and unhealthy alike, those with high Vitamin D levels and strong immune systems, as well as those with weak immune systems, i.e. the elderly and immune-compromised, and those with serious and often multiple co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. All of these notions are now being exposed as propaganda rather than fact, propagated 24/7 by those with economic interests in rushed-to market experimental vaccines, drug advertising, government/military contracts, and expensive (and ineffective) patented drugs such as remdesivir. 

In addition more and more people, including a growing number of doctors and health care providers are starting to understand and point out that the 100 million+ Americans (and several billion across the world) that have already developed strong natural antibodies after recovering from COVID have strong natural immunity, apparently far stronger immunity than the short-lived immunity of those who have been injected voluntarily or under pressure with Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Astra-Zeneca “vaccines” and boosters. In the words of Children’s Health Defense, the Biden administration (and blue state governors and mayors) denial of natural immunity, and insistyence on mandatory injections is “tearing the nation apart.”

The bottom line is that there is no valid scientific, ethical, or political reason (as opposed to greed, social control, and partisan politics) to be injecting children, students, recovered COVID victims, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those in good health with experimental drugs, especially experimental drugs, according to official VAERS reports, as of October 1, that have caused 778,000 adverse reactions, 16,000 deaths, and 111,000 serious injuries  with potential long term damage to millions more. No wonder a number of Scandinavian countries are now banning injections of these experimental drugs into youth.

Last but not least, we and our allies are exposing the truth on the prevention and treatment of COVID, unraveling the official story that these Trump/Biden Warp Speed experimental vaccines are completely safe, effective at preventing infection, and long-lasting. Latest research from 68 nations shows that in fact the most highly vaccinated countries are experiencing the most new cases of COVID-19. Even the militantly pro-vaccine, European Journal of Epidemiology Vaccines recently admitted that the “sole reliance” on vaccination as a primary strategy to mitigate COVID-19 and its adverse consequences “needs to be re-examined,” and that “Other pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions may need to be put in place alongside increasing vaccination rates…” and moreover that “stigmatizing populations over vaccines can do more harm than good, and non-pharmacological prevention efforts needs to be renewed in order to learn to live with COVID in the same manner we continue to live 100 years later with various seasonal alterations of the 1918 Influenza virus.”

Meanwhile, Children’s Health defense points out that latest reports from several highly vaccinated nations indicate that those infected with COVID after being vaccinated are apparently experiencing more serious symptoms than those previously unvaccinated. 

It is now abundantly clear, according to medical professionals such as the Frontline Doctors for COVID Critical Care that natural immunity and alternative prevention and early treatment with off-patent, inexpensive drugs such as Ivermectin (and a protocol that includes Vitamin D, quercetin, zinc, and melatonin)  are actually much safer and more effective than Big Pharma’s experimental vaccines.

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International. To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.

Military Pollution: SARS-CoV-2 and Now 'Forever Chemicals'

Organic consumers - Wed, 2021-10-13 18:15
October 13, 2021Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsEnvironment & Climate pollution_factory_environment_1200x630.jpg

As we’ve pointed out for months, the reckless lab engineering or so-called gain-of-function experiments that gave rise to SARS-CoV-2 at Wuhan were conducted in a dangerously unregulated, accident-prone lab considered “dual-use” by U.S. and Chinese military officials. “Dual-use” refers to the lab engineering of microbes and pathogens, such as coronaviruses, which have both military and medical applications. 

Bioweapon production violates international law, the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, signed by the U.S., China, Russia and most other nations, and is considered a crime against humanity, but if you categorize it as “biodefense” or “biomedical/vaccine” research you can literally get away with mass murder, as the pandemic has shown.  

For decades researchers have been trying to warn us against these biowar experiments, as this 2007 article on the OCA website points out, but unfortunately the GM military madness with Big Pharma/biotech collaboration has continued.

The primary and insidious reason why the Chinese military and the Pentagon fund certain types of “biomedical” research (along with Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and government medical funders such as Fauci’s National Institutes of Health or the Chinese National Academy of Sciences) is because the military understands quite well that genetically engineered, souped-up, essentially weaponized viruses and bacteria (and insects such as ticks) have military uses as well as (supposed) applications in medicine.

 OCA’s Political Director, Alexis Baden-Mayer has been researching and writing about gain-of-function experiments since the beginning of the pandemic. Other journalists including Whitney Webb and Sam Husseini have done the same.

The anthrax attacks in the US in 2001, which created mass panic and paved the way for the Patriot Act and the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were carried out using weaponized, aerosolized anthrax bacteria, called the “Ames strain,” which was exclusively lab-engineered by the US military and released by a cabal of military/government insiders who obviously had access to these deadly pathogens, and strategically timed their release shortly after 9/11.

 Now there’s another kind of military pollution we have to worry about, PFAS or “Forever Chemicals” leaching from flame retardants, flame-resistant wiring, and other military equipment. These deadly chemicals are polluting millions of Americans’ drinking water, irrigation water, sewage sludge (applied on non-organic farms as fertilizer) and food. PFAS contamination is considered very dangerous even at parts per trillion.

Learn more: DOD releases new data on PFAS contamination of bases

Read more: GOF Hall of Shame

Biden's Approval Rating Plummets

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Polls indicate that the majority of Americans are losing faith in the Biden Administration. Biden’s net approval rating has fallen by 25 points since January, from +18 to -7. Although the indentured mainstream and “progressive” media are still in COVID-19 cover up mode and denial we need to ask: When will Biden accept the fact that dodging the obvious lab origins of COVID-19 (financed and engineered by U.S. scientists, Big Pharma, and the Pentagon in collaboration with their Chinese military and scientific counterparts) is insanely dangerous and ultimately politically unpopular? 

When will Biden and his medical Czars stop denying the fact that 100 million Americans already have natural immunity to COVID-19, superior to what the experimental vaccines deliver, and that there’s no evidence that masks, outside of hospital settings, reduce infection by this genetically engineered, nanoparticle-sized bioweapon?

When will our new “Great Reset” masters stop denying the now obvious collateral damage of the lockdowns and restrictions on small businesses and schools; the psychological and physical damage of forcing masks and vaccines on children and students who are no more at risk from the Delta variant than the seasonal flu; and stop bragging that they have coerced 30 million Americans into being injected or else be fired from their jobs? 

These authoritarian and unprecedented actions are not that smart politically, especially after yanking unemployment benefits on Labor Day from millions of COVID-impacted workers, and then failing (so far at least) to deliver on popular programs for expanding Medicare and child tax credits, taxing the ultra-rich, forcing Big Pharma to stop price-gouging, community college tuition waivers for students, climate action, paid parental leave, and green jobs, including a Climate Corps. 

Even for those true believers in lockstep with the current administration on their bungled handling of the COVID crisis, Biden & Company’s arrogance and belligerence toward those who disagree, and the administration’s blatant violation of basic constitutional rights will likely “sink the ship” on his economic justice and climate programs, with giant corporations, the fossil fuel lobby, and Big Pharma laughing all the way to the bank.

When will Biden and Washington (including the Republicans) understand that Big Pharma, Silicon Valley, and the military-industrial complex are not our friends, and comprehend that banning reckless gain-of-function engineering of potential pandemic pathogens is not just a minor partisan issue?  

When will those passionate about women’s “right to choose” accept that all Americans have the “right to choose” regarding experimental medical procedures for themselves and their children as well? (And vice-versa.) When will Biden and the Democrats understand that forced vaccinations, and vaccinations of children, youth, and those with natural acquired immunity are far more politically unpopular than they appear?

Regenerative Food and Farming: Survival and Revival

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"Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis, and the crisis of democracy.”

— Dr. Vandana Shiva, Co-Founder Regeneration International

Regenerative agriculture and holistic livestock management represent the next, crucial stage of organic food and farming, not only avoiding toxic pesticides, fertilizers, sewage sludge, GMO seeds, and excessive greenhouse gas emissions, but regenerating soil fertility, water retention, carbon sequestration, and rural livelihoods as well.  

Regeneration has now become the hottest topic in the natural and organic food sector. At the same time, climate activists regularly discuss the role of organic and regenerative practices in reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering excess atmospheric carbon dioxide in soils and agricultural landscapes.

Inside Regeneration International, which now includes 400 affiliates in more than 60 countries, our primary focus is  moving beyond the basics of Regeneration to identifying regenerative and organic “best practices” around the globe and figuring out how to utilize farmer innovation, marketplace demand, policy reform, and public and private investing to qualitatively spread and scale these best practices up so that organic and regenerative becomes the norm, rather than just the alternative, for the planet’s now degenerative multi trillion-dollar food, farming and land use system.               

Either we move beyond merely treating the symptoms of our planetary degeneration and build instead a new system based upon regenerative food, farming and land use, coupled with renewable energy practices and global cooperation instead of superpower competition and belligerence, or we will soon pass the point of no return. 

In 2010 Olaf Christen stated, "Regenerative agriculture is an approach in agriculture that rejects pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and is intended to improve the regeneration of the topsoil, biodiversity and the water cycle."

This corresponds almost exactly with the stated principles of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) or Organics International. 

Since 2014, the Rodale Institute, IFOAM, Dr. Bronner's, Dr. Mercola, Patagonia, the Real Organic Project, the Biodynamic Movement, the Organic Consumers Association, Regeneration International, Navdanya and others have also been discussing and implementing organic standards, practices and certification, which incorporate regenerative principles. 

Changing the Conversation: Regenerative Food and Farming 

In September 2014 a group of food, natural health and climate activists, including Vandana Shiva, Andre Leu, Will Allen, Steve Rye, Alexis Baden-Mayer and staff from Dr. Bronner's, Dr. Mercola, Organic Consumers Association and the Rodale Institute, organized a press conference at the massive climate march in New York City to announce the formation of Regeneration International and to set for ourselves a simple, but what seemed like then ambitious, goal. 

We all pledged to change the conversation on the climate crisis in the U.S. and around the world — then narrowly focused on renewable energy and energy conservation — so as to incorporate regenerative and organic food, farming and land use as a major solution to global warming, given its proven ability to draw down and sequester massive amounts of excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, trees, and plants. 

Now, seven years later, it appears that our growing Regeneration Movement has achieved this goal. Regeneration is now the hottest topic in the natural and organic food and farming sector, while climate activists including the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion regularly talk about the role of organic and regenerative practices in reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. 

More and more people now understand that we can achieve, through enhanced photosynthesis and draw down, "Net Zero" emissions by 2030, a figure that will be necessary if we are to avoid runaway global warming and climate catastrophe. 

Identifying Regenerative and Organic 'Best Practices' 

Inside Regeneration International, which now includes 400 affiliates in more than 60 countries, our conversation has shifted from promoting a basic discussion about organic and regenerative food, farming, and land-use to identifying regenerative and organic "best practices" around the globe. 

Our discussions and strategizing are not just an academic exercise. As most of us now realize, our very survival as a civilization and a species is threatened by a systemic crisis that has degraded climate stability, our food and our environment, along with every major aspect of modern life. 

This mega-crisis cannot be resolved by piecemeal reforms or minor adjustments such as slightly cutting our current levels of fossil fuel use, reducing global deforestation, soil degradation and military spending. 

Either we move beyond merely treating the symptoms of our planetary degeneration and build instead a new system based upon regenerative food, farming and land use, coupled with renewable energy practices and global cooperation instead of belligerence, or we will soon (likely within 25 years) pass the point of no return. 

A big challenge is how do we describe the crisis of global warming and severe climate change in such a way that everyday people understand the problem and grasp the solution that we're proposing, i.e., renewable energy and regenerative food, farming and land use? 

Enhanced Photosynthesis Is All-Important

The bottom line is that humans have put too much CO2 and other greenhouse gases (especially methane and nitrous oxide) into the atmosphere (from burning fossil fuels and destructive land use), trapping the sun's heat from radiating back into space and heating up the planet. 

And, unfortunately, because of the destructive food, farming and forestry practices that have degraded a major portion of the Earth's landscape, we're not drawing down enough of these CO2 emissions through plant photosynthesis, soil carbon sequestration, and perennial above ground carbon storage in biomass (forest, grass, and plants) to cool things off. 

In a word, there's too much CO2 and greenhouse gas pollution blanketing the sky (and saturating the oceans) and not enough life-giving carbon in the ground and in our living plants, trees, pastures, and rangelands. 

Increasing plant and forest photosynthesis (accomplished via enhanced soil fertility and biological life, as well as an adequate amount of water and minerals) is the only practical way that we can draw down a significant amount of the excess CO2 and greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that are heating up the Earth and disrupting our climate. 

Through photosynthesis, plants and trees utilize solar energy to break down CO2 from the atmosphere, release oxygen, and transform the remaining carbon into plant biomass and liquid carbon. 

Photosynthesis basically enables plants to grow above ground and produce biomass, but also stimulates growth below ground as plants transfer a portion of the liquid carbon they produce through photosynthesis into their root systems to feed the soil microorganisms that in turn feed the plant. 

From the standpoint of drawing down enough CO2 and greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and sequestering them in our soils and biota to reverse global warming, qualitatively enhanced photosynthesis is all-important. 

Agave Power: Greening the Desert 

As RI, OCA, and our Mexico affiliate Via Organica’s contribution to the global expansion of regenerative and organic food and farming practices, we have spent the last several years working with Mexican farmers and ranchers, the Hudson Carbon Project, consumer organizations, elected political officials (mainly at the local and state level), and socially and environmentally-concerned "impact investors." 

Our goal is to develop a native agave agroforestry and livestock management system that we believe can be a game-changer for much of the 40% of the world's pasturelands and rangelands that are arid and semi-arid, areas where it is now nearly impossible to grow food crops without irrigation, and where the land is too overgrazed and degraded for proper livestock grazing. 

We call this Mexico-based agave and agroforestry/livestock management system Agave Power: Greening the Desert, and are happy to report that its ideas and practices are now starting to spread from the high desert plateau of Guanajuato across much of arid and semi-arid Mexico. 

We now are receiving inquiries and requests for information about this agave-based, polyculture/perennial system from desert and semi-desert areas all over the world, including Central America, the Southwestern U.S., Argentina, Chile, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, Lebanon, and Oman. 

You can learn more about this Agave Power system on the websites of Regeneration International and the Organic Consumers Association.

Primary Drivers of Regeneration and Degeneration

What I and others have learned "on the ground" trying to expand and scale-up regenerative and organic best practices is that there are four basic drivers of regenerative (or conversely degenerative) food, farming and land use. 

The first driver is consumer awareness and market demand. Without an army of conscious consumers and widespread market demand, regenerative practices are unlikely to reach critical mass. The second driver is farmer, rancher and land stewardship innovation, including the development of value-added products and ecosystem restoration services. 

The third driver is policy change, starting at the local and regional level. And last, but not least is regenerative finance — large-scale investing on the part of the public and private sector, what is now commonly known as "impact investing." 

In order to qualitatively expand organic and regenerative best practices and achieve critical mass sufficient to transform our currently degenerative systems, we need all four of these drivers to be activated and working in synergy. 

Let's look now at four contemporary drivers of degeneration, degenerative food, farming and land use, in order to understand what the forces or drivers are that are holding us back from moving forward to regeneration. 

1. Degenerated grassroots consciousness and morale  When literally billions of people, a critical mass of the 99%, are hungry, malnourished, and/or stuffed and supersized with ultraprocessed foods and empty calories, revolution is all but impossible. When billions are scared and divided, struggling to survive with justice and dignity… when the majority of the global body politic are threatened and assaulted by a toxic environment and food system; when hundreds of millions are overwhelmed by economic stress due to low wages and the high cost of living; when hundreds of millions are weakened by chronic health problems, or battered by floods, droughts and weather extremes, regenerative change — Big Change — will not come easily. 

Neither will it happen if we continue to allow endless wars and land grabs for water, land and strategic resources to spiral out of control, or fail to organize and resist on a mass scale while indentured politicians, corporations, Big Tech, and the mass media manipulate crises such as COVID-19 to stamp out freedom of expression and participatory democracy in order to force a "Business-as-Usual" or "Great Reset" paradigm down our throats. 

Disempowered, exploited people, overwhelmed by the challenges of everyday survival, usually don't have the luxury of connecting the dots between the issues that are pressing down on them and focusing on the Big Picture. 

It's the job of regenerators to connect the dots between the climate crisis, COVID-19, elite control and people's everyday concerns including food, natural health, jobs, and economic justice, to globalize awareness, political mobilization and, most of all, to globalize hope. 

It's the job of regenerators to make the connections between personal and public health and planetary health, to expose the truth about the origins, nature, prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and chronic disease, and to mobilize the public to reject a so-called Great Reset disguised as fundamental reform, but actually a Trojan Horse for a 21st Century Technocracy that is profoundly antidemocratic and authoritarian. 

Regenerators have to be able to make the connections between different issues and concerns, identify and support best practitioners and policies and build synergy between social forces, effectively lobby governments (starting at the local level), businesses and investors for change, all the while educating and organizing grassroots alliances and campaigns across communities, constituencies and even national borders. 

But of course this long-overdue Regeneration Revolution will not be easy, nor will it take place overnight. Our profoundly destructive, degenerative, climate-destabilizing food and farming system, primarily based upon industrial agriculture inputs and practices, is held together by a multi billion-dollar system of marketing and advertising that has misled or literally brainwashed a global army of consumers into believing that cheap, ultra-processed, artificially flavored, "fast food" is not only acceptable, but "normal" and "natural." 

After decades of consuming sugar, salt, carbohydrate-rich and "bad fat"-laden foods from industrial farms, animal factories and chemical manufacturing plants, many consumers have literally become addicted to the artificial flavors and aromas that make super-processed foods and "food-like substances" so popular. 

Degenerate "conventional" farms, farming and livestock management  

Compounding the lack of nutritional education, choice, poverty, inertia and apathy of a large segment of consumers, other major factors driving our degenerative food and farming system include the routine and deeply institutionalized practices of industrial and chemical-intensive farming and land use (mono-cropping, heavy plowing, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOs, factory farms, deforestation, wetlands destruction) today. 

These soil-, climate-, health- and environmentally-destructive practices are especially prevalent on the world's 50 million large farms, which, in part, are kept in place by global government subsidies totaling $500 billion a year. 

Meanwhile, there are few or no subsidies for organic or regenerative farmers, especially small farmers (80% of the world's farmers are small farmers), nor for farmers and ranchers who seek to make this transition. 

Reinforcing these multi billion-dollar subsidies for bad farming practices are a global network of chemical- and agribusiness-controlled agricultural research and teaching institutions, focused on producing cheap food and beverages (no matter what the cost to the environment, climate and public health) and agro-export agricultural commodities (often pesticide-intensive GMO grains). 

What we need instead are subsidies for organic and regenerative practices, research and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to produce healthy, organic and regenerative food for local, regional and domestic markets, rewarding farmers with a fair price for producing healthy food and being a steward, rather than a destroyer, of the environment. 

Monopoly Control — Another driver of degeneration, holding back farmer adoption of regenerative practices and determining the type of food and crops that are produced, is the monopoly or near-monopoly control by giant agribusiness corporations over much of the food system, especially in industrialized countries, as well as the monopoly or near-monopoly control by giant retail chains such as Walmart and internet giants like Amazon. 

The out-of-control "Foodopoly" that dominates our food system is designed to maximize short-term profits and exports for the large transnational corporations, preserve patents and monopoly control over seeds, and uphold international trade agreements (NAFTA, WTO) that favor corporate agribusiness and large farms over small farms; factory farms over traditional grazing and animal husbandry; and agro- exports instead of production for local and regional markets. 

Food and farming is the largest industry in the world with consumers spending an estimated $7.5 trillion a year on food. In addition, the largely unacknowledged social, environmental and health costs (i.e., collateral damage) of the industrial food chain amounts to an additional $4.8 trillion a year.

Degenerate public policy and public and private investments  

Agriculture is the largest employer in the world with 570 million farmers and farm laborers supporting 3.5 billion people in rural households and communities. In addition to workers on the farm, food chain workers in processing, distribution and retail make up hundreds of millions of other jobs in the world, with over 20 million food chain workers in the U.S. alone (17.5% of the total workforce). 

This makes public policy relating to food, farming and land use very important. Unfortunately, thousands of laws and regulations are passed every year, in every country and locality, that basically prop up conventional (i.e., industrial, factory farm, export-oriented, GMO) food and farming, while there is very little legislation passed or resources geared toward promoting organic and regenerative food and farming. 

Trillions of dollars have been, and continue to be, invested in the so-called "conventional" food and farming sector, including trillions from the savings and pension funds of many conscious consumers, who would no doubt prefer their savings to be invested in a different manner, if they knew how to do this. 

Unfortunately, only a tiny percentage of public or private investment is currently going toward organic, grass fed, free-range and other healthy foods produced by small and medium-sized farms and ranches for local and regional consumption. 

Healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy animals, healthy people, healthy climate, healthy societies — our physical and economic health, our very survival as a species, are directly connected to the soil, biodiversity and the health and fertility of our food and farming systems. Regenerative organic farming and land use can move us back into balance, back to a stable climate and a life-supporting environment. 

It's time to move beyond degenerate ethics, farming, land use, energy policies, politics and economics. It's time to move beyond "too little, too late" mitigation and sustainability strategies. It's time to inspire and mobilize a mighty global army of Regenerators, before it's too late. 

Ronnie Cummins is co-founder of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Regeneration International. To keep up with OCA’s news and alerts, sign up here.