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Imagining A Greater Organic Reset

Mon, 2023-01-23 16:51
January 23, 2023Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsEnvironment & Climate agriculture_sunrise_1200x630.jpg

OCA often talks about our long term goal: making organic and regenerative food, farming, and land use (and natural health) the norm, rather than just the alternative. As our longtime ally Vandana Shiva points out, this would be “the solution to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis, and the crisis of democracy.”

OCA and its allies worldwide are dedicated to addressing critical issues of climate change, soil health, biodiversity, water pollution and scarcity, nutrition, environmental contamination, deteriorating public health, forced migration, economic justice, and rural economic development. But what do we need to do to make this goal a practical reality? What would an “Organic Greater Reset” look like.

We need to stop corrupt politicians and the global elite from subsidizing chemical and fossil fuel-intensive agriculture, GMOs, lab food, and factory farms. We need to pay organic farmers and ranchers, not only a fair price for the food and products they produce, but we need to pay them for sequestering excess atmospheric carbon in soils and above ground plants and trees, as well as providing other key environmental services such as preserving clean water, improving soil fertility, protecting biodiversity, wetlands, and wildlife habitat, and rehydrating and reforesting parched landscapes.

Following recent policy reforms and recommendations in the European Union, strongly supported by our organic allies in the EU, we need raise our expectations and our demands in the US and North America. We need to set a goal of 25% of food and farming being organic by 2030, or as soon as possible.

In global terms this means we need to do everything we can to make certain that 25% of the world’s 600 million farmers become certified organic by 2030. On the individual and community level this means boycotting chemically-tainted and GMO products and buying organic today and every day. It means taking back our health and our health and food choices from Big Pharma, Big Food, Bill Gates, and the WHO. It means practicing preventive and natural health with organic food, natural herbs, and supplements. It means teaching our youth and those victimized by Big Food and Big Chains by example. It means staying out of restaurants and coffee shops, especially the chains, unless they are sourcing local and organic products. It means cooking at home with organic fresh foods and ingredients, boycotting factory farmed meat and animal products and replacing these with grass-fed or pastured alternatives.

It means improving our cooking and home economic skills, and growing as much of our own food as possible in home or community gardens. It means working with family farmers to make the transition to organic and regenerative. Buying direct from organic and local farmers, independent retailers, co-ops, and buying clubs. Looking for “organic plus” add-on labels and producers such as the Real Organic Project, Biodynamic Demeter Organic, American Grassfed Association, and Regenerative and Organic Certified. Last, but not least, demanding that politicians and local institutions stop subsidizing chemical agriculture, GMOs, and highly processed junk food.

There are currently 13.4 million producers certified as organic globally, and an estimated (by the UN) 55 million more farmers producing organically or near-organically, but who are not yet certified for one reason or another. Presently there 16 nations in the world with 10% or more of their farmers certified as organic. The global market for certified organic food and products is projected to be $437 billion dollars in 2026. OCA’s goal, as part of a global movement, is to help the certified organic market grow to 1 trillion dollars by 2030, or as soon as possible thereafter. There are currently over 180 million acres of agricultural land certified as organic and 50 million acres of grazing lands under holistic livestock management. We need 1-3 billion global acres under organic and regenerative management, as soon as possible. This will enable us to move to net zero and “net negative” emissions as soon as possible.

Moving Past Zero to “Net Negative” Emissions

The climate crisis and its collateral damage: severe droughts, floods, violent weather, rising sea levels, and unprecedented phenomena like the disruption of the polar vortex and jet stream (causing extreme cold or heat waves), are real, as every farmer, including myself and those of us in the Regeneration International network, can attest. Don’t let yourself be confused by the fact that the fossil fuel industry, corrupt politicians (both Democrats and Republicans), and would-be global dictators such as Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, and the World Economic Forum either deny that the climate crisis is real (or important), or else want to use the crisis as an excuse to gain political power, greenwash their corruption, or trample democratic rights and political sovereignty and implement an authoritarian, Chinese Communist Party-style  “Great Reset” or New World Order.

Current annual global greenhouse gas emissions are 37 billion tons of CO2e. We need to reach net zero and net negative emissions as soon as possible if we are to avoid runaway global warming, wholesale biodiversity collapse, climate catastrophe, endless poverty-driven conflict, forced migration, and wars. The only way we can do this is to make organic and regenerative food, faming and land use the norm.

Even if the world transitioned to 100% renewable energy tomorrow, this would not stop the ongoing terrestrial temperature and sea level rises and weather extremes. The world will continue to heat up because CO2, unless we can draw it down into our soils and forests, lasts between 300 to 1,000 years in the atmosphere.  The heat in the oceans will continue to adversely affect the climate until it slowly dissipates.

We are in the early stages of a climate emergency now. We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy, speed up the transition to renewable energy, preserve and regenerate our forests, restore ecosystems and landscapes, and make organic and regenerative food, farming, and land use the norm, not just the alternative. As organic farmers and consumers we have a crucial role to play.

Bait and Switch: Genetically Engineered Gene-Therapy Drugs

Tue, 2023-01-17 20:00
January 17, 2023Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsHealth Issues gene_therapy_drugs_1200x630.jpg

It’s a tragedy that all of us who knew about the dangers of GMOs, genetically engineered bioweapons, Big Pharma criminality, and the threat of out-of-control corporations and the national security state were not organized into a more powerful, united, and militant resistance several years ago. At the crucial moment when dangerous, experimental gene-therapy drugs were forced onto the market, and injected into the bodies of a fearful and coerced population, under the guise that they were harmless and effective COVID “vaccines,” we should have been able to stop them. Unfortunately, we didn’t. The major reason we couldn’t stop this massive assault on the body politic and our children is because the America we live in today is not really a democracy, but rather an oligarchy, a 21st Century corporate, technocratic, bio-medical, national security state.

As soon as notoriously criminal and reckless Big Pharma companies like Pfizer and Moderna, the CDC and the FDA, working with the Pentagon, the White House, and corrupt politicians of both political parties, announced that they were going to stop the COVID-19 pandemic (which they claimed was a natural zoonotic spillover, rather than an obvious lab release from a Wuhan bioweapons and biomedical lab), with a new type of genetically engineered “vaccine” based upon “messenger RNA” (mRNA) technology, there should have been  a mass outbreak of non-violent civil disobedience and resistance.

Because we were threatened by what they said was an unprecedented public health emergency, Anthony Fauci, Big Pharma, and the Trump administration, followed by the Biden Administration, told us that the COVID mRNA “vaccines” needed to be rushed to market, at “Warp Speed,” with no liability for injury or death on the part of the manufacturers. They said that these mRNA shots needed to be injected into everyone, even healthy adults, those who already had acquired natural immunity, and youth and children, who faced little or no threat from SARS-CoV-2. For those who refused the jabs, you could lose your job, your schooling, your livelihood, your freedom to travel, or even your right to attend religious services. In China, most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada the lockdowns were even more severe than the U.S.

The COVID authoritarians demonized critics of the official narrative, shut down schools and businesses, and forced everyone to wear masks, which of course they knew were useless to stop the tiny, aerosolized particles of the virus. They demanded that the generic, repurposed malaria and parasite drugs and natural supplements being successfully used in early treatment of COVID be banned, and that scientists and doctors who deviated from the government mandates had to be silenced, de-platformed, and de-licensed.

A central strategy in this modern day coup d’état, what the perpetrators of the COVID-19 “vaccine” disaster, and their recipients of Big Pharma advertising dollars in the mass media, concealed is that the so-called Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and boosters were not actually vaccines at all, but are in fact genetically engineered gene-therapy drugs. These mRNA “vaccines in name only” (VINOS) had never before been properly safety-tested in humans, or even animals. Moreover, these gene-therapy drugs were being rushed to market by corrupt pharmaceutical corporations with a history of fraud (for which they had paid billions of dollars in fines and legal settlements) and criminal negligence. Several years ago when a number of gene therapy drugs were injected into children, who subsequently died, the serious dangers of experimental gene therapy drugs had become commonly acknowledged.

Messenger RNA drugs have been acknowledged by the FDA as “gene therapy” drugs, not vaccines. But government, the Pentagon, and Big Pharma knew that the public was wary of genetic engineered products and gene-therapy experiments. So they simply changed the definition of what constituted a vaccine, eliminating the longstanding requirement that a vaccine, unlike the mRNA COVID drugs, must actually prevent or stop the spread of a disease, in this case COVID-19.

As a Bayer/Monsanto official admitted: “‘We probably would have had a 95% refusal rate’ for these shots two years ago, but the pandemic and marketing of the injections as ‘vaccines’ has made them popular with the public, said Stefan Oelrich, president of Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division, at the 2021 Global Health Summit.”

Public unease over genetic engineering had previously caused industry and government to block proper labeling and safety testing of GMO foods and seeds for over two decades.  Similar to their fraudulent marketing and labeling of mRNA gene therapy dugs as “vaccines,” the powers that be now like to claim that new lab foods, such as fake meat and milk, are “gene-edited” or “precision fermented” rather than genetically engineered, and that these “synthetic biology” foods are perfectly safe and therefore require neither labeling nor safety testing.

But now more and more of us are learning the truth about Pfizer and Moderna’s gene-therapy mRNA drugs. People’s everyday experience and published data can no longer be covered up. Even the mass media censorship surrounding COVID vaccine safety is unraveling.

The COVID mRNA gene-therapy drugs don’t work, they don’t stop the spread of the disease, they suppress our natural immune system, they fuel new variants, and more and more data are showing that they cause massive injury and death, including myocarditis or heart damage in youth and supercharged cancer tumors in people of all ages.  It is becoming clear that mRNA gene therapy “vaccines” literally threaten the health and reproductive capacities of millions of people, imperiling even the future generations.

We need to stop the mRNA injections now, and we need to indict and bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime against humanity. And we need to shut down the weaponization of pathogens, so-called “gain-of-function” experiments, and stop the next pandemic before it is engineered and released, whether accidentally or deliberately.

You can sign OCA’s “Stop Weaponizing Pathogens” petition here.

Learn more:

“Why is the Associated Press Lying About Gene-Therapy Shots?”

“The COVID Jabbed are Dying and Fueling Variants”

“Dr. John Campbell: Immunology 101”

“Repentence by James Howard Kunstler”

Tell Your State Legislators: No COVID Mandates for Kids!

Thu, 2023-01-05 19:50
Belong to campaign: COVID-19Category: COVID-19, COVID-19 Prevention, OCA on COVID-19, Health IssuesArea: USA

In the 2023-2024 legislative session, states across the nation will try to strip parents of their right to decide whether or not their kids receive the COVID-19 shot.

Tell your state legislators: No COVID mandates for kids!Read more

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Regeneration or Armageddon? 60 Years Ago and Today

Mon, 2022-10-17 17:59
October 17, 2022Organic Consumers AssociationRonnie CumminsPolitics & Globalization regeneration_or_armageddon_1200x630.jpg

The main issue that radicalized me when I first became a student activist in the 1960s was war, the actual bloody war going on in Viet-Nam, and the always pending war, permanently etched into the back of my mind, the threat of nuclear war between Russia and the United States. I became a draft resister in 1967, like hundreds of thousands of others, and refused to go to Viet-Nam, opting to become a non-violent warrior for peace and justice instead.

The nuclear standoff that traumatized me and a whole generation of anti-war and civil rights activists arose during the Cuban missile crisis of October 16-28, 1962—60 years ago.

Years later I learned that a global catastrophe in October 1962 was averted only because a Soviet submarine commander, off the coast of Cuba, disobeyed orders to fire his nuclear missiles, after a U.S. naval vessel dropped explosive depth-charges, trying to force the Russian submarine to the surface. The 1962 nuclear standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union, eerily reminiscent of the current nuclear standoff in Ukraine, was precipitated by American deployment of nuclear missiles in Turkey, adjacent to the borders of the USSR, prompting Soviet deployment of intermediate atomic missiles in Cuba.

Years later I learned that the U.S. President at the time, John F. Kennedy, was similarly traumatized by the Cuban Missile Crisis. JFK realized that trying to bully Russia with nuclear missiles in Turkey and elsewhere was a serious mistake, and that the US and Russia must step back from the abyss, and begin the long process of disarmament. JFK was furious that the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (what we now call the Deep State) had manipulated him into supporting a reckless and ill-fated invasion of Cuba in 1961 (by Cuban exiles and CIA mercenaries), and then a year later encouraged him to carry out a nuclear first strike against Cuba and Russia. Circumventing the war hawks in the Deep State, Kennedy developed secret, back channel communications with the Premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, and later, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader. They were forced to speak through back-channels because neither JFK nor Khrushchev trusted the war hawks and military madmen in their countries.

Through intermediaries (including Pope John XXIII) Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro were working on an agreement to reduce rather than escalate international conflict, and to work together for a lasting peace. Privately the President told his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, and other White House insiders that he intended “to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces” during his second term. Unfortunately, JFK never got the chance to serve a second term as President. He was assassinated in Dallas by the CIA and the Deep State on November 22, 1963. 

Knowing that Robert F. Kennedy would follow in the footsteps of his brother and likely win the Presidency in 1968, RFK was similarly assassinated by the Deep State in California on June 5, 1968. 

A year before RFK’s assassination, the Reverend Martin Luther King started speaking out strongly against the Viet-Nam war and U.S. imperialism.  The Deep State killed MLK on April 4, 1968. All three assassinations were blamed by the Deep State and the mass media on “lone gunmen.” 

Most of you, of course, were too young, or not even born yet, to remember or even hear about the atomic bomb drills and the undercurrent of fear that Baby Boomers, like myself, lived through. The sirens would sound, the school fire alarms would go off, and we were told over the school PA systems to crawl under our classroom desks face down, with our hands over our heads, and stay there until the “all-clear” sirens sounded again. I can distinctly remember the bizarre, patriotic-themed movies we watched in high school telling us how we should prepare for nuclear war. I will never forget the day I went out with my family in my hometown in Texas to check out the bomb shelters which people had begun installing in their back yards. A small group of rebels in my high school found a book by Bertrand Russell, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare, which talked about the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and taught us how war between Russia and the U.S. would be a holocaust, from which there would be no escape. The Ban the Bomb movement, as it was called, spawned a massive movement. 

Once again it’s time for all of us to stand up for peace and sanity. Forty percent of Americans currently believe that we need to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, but we need to educate and mobilize the majority. Most of the members of Congress and the White House are still banging the drums of war, cowardly angling for reelection or donor dollars. Spending for war, weapons, and CIA operations now total 1.4 trillion dollars annually. We obviously need to redirect this money to rebuilding our economy and our nation. Go to the website of Code Pink or other anti-war groups and get involved. 

Using the threat of war with Russia (and now China) to gain votes in the mid-term elections (and the forthcoming 2024 elections), or to sell more arms is nothing but treason and insanity. Listen war hawks, neo-cons, neo-liberals: there will be no healthy food, public health, nor hope for social justice and a living environment for our children and the future generations, unless we stop the madness. We must force our elected politicians to negotiate and put an end to the war in Ukraine. We must force our governments to sit down with the other Superpowers, once and for all, and abolish all nuclear and biological weapons. Once we begin this long-overdue process of denuclearization, we can begin to negotiate on all the burning issues. Now is not the time to lose hope or remain silent. We don’t have to agree on everything, but our survival demands that we put an end to the war in Ukraine, all war, and nuclear/biological weapons of mass destruction.

Watch The People's World Food Day Summit

Fri, 2022-10-14 15:52
All About Organics, Environment & ClimateRegeneration InternationalOctober 14, 2022https://regenerationinternational.org/peoples-food-summit peoples_world_food_summit.png

The Organic Consumers Association, in conjunction with our sister organization, Regeneration International, and other partners, held the People's Food Summit on Sunday, October 16, 2022.

This was the second time this world event was held - a major 24-hour event on World Food day on Oct 16, featuring speakers from every region of our planet. Last year was a spectacularly successful event, with over 522,000 people from all regions of our world tuning in to watch and listen to our numerous topics.

Because we reached so many people, this event had a very high impact.

This year’s event was a 24-hour global, participatory, virtual summit starting in Oceania and moving westwards through the time zones of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Each region was self-organized, so they were empowered to present the messages and issues that are their priorities.

The People’s Food Summit is a truly participatory summit that empowers the majority of the world's food producers: the small-holder family farmers, pastoralists, and foresters who produce 70% of the food we eat.

We presented the proven, farmer-based, real-world examples that are the future of our food and farming systems, including agroecology, organic and regenerative farming, permaculture, agroforestry, holistically managed grazing and many other systems.

Regeneration International was delighted to work with our many partners such as the Organic Consumers Association, The Global Alliance for Organic Districts, IFOAM Asia, Navdanya, the International Network of Eco Regions, Savory Hub Africa, Via Organica, AFSA, The League of Organic Municipalities and Cities and BERAS International in hosting the People's Food Summit on World Food Day.

Watch the video streams from the summit on Regeneration International's YouTube page here.