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Background Information: The Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals
with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic
engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability. We
are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on representing the
views and interests of the nation's estimated ten million organic consumers.

Our national coordination center is located in Little Marais, Minnesota and
our West Coast field office is located in San Francisco. The OCA has
additional staff in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota; Los Angeles;
Seattle; Boston, Massachusetts; and Washington, D.C. as well as 45,000
members, subscribers, and volunteers across the US. Our US and
international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family
farm, environmental, and public interest community.

The Organic Consumers Association was formed in 1998 in the wake of the
mass backlash by organic consumers against the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's controversial proposed national regulations for organic food.
Through the OCA's SOS (Save Organic Standards) Campaign, as well as the
work of our allies in other organizations, the organic community was able
to mobilize 280,000 consumers to send in letters and emails to the USDA. In
this project the OCA worked in cooperation with hundreds of natural food
stores, consumer co-ops, Community Supported Agriculture groups, and
farmers markets, as well as thousands of individual volunteers across the
country--a relationship which has continued through the present time.

Our political program is the Food Agenda 2000-2010: a three point platform
calling for
(1) a global moratorium on genetically engineered foods and crops;
(2) a phase-out of the most dangerous industrial agriculture and factory
farming practices; and
(3) the conversion of American agriculture to at least 30% organic by the
year 2010.

Our web site, research, and media team are considered by reporters and
radio talk show hosts to be among some of the nation's top experts on food
safety and organic food. Our media team provides background information,
interviews, and story ideas to TV and radio producers and journalists on a
daily basis--from national TV networks to the alternative press. Our field
organizers provide advice and coaching to grassroots activists across the
nation and coordinate our network of 10,000 volunteers.

Privacy Policy:   Top
In Summary:
The Organic Consumers Association does not sell, lease, give-away, disclose or otherwise release your email or other information to other organizations or individuals. Our practice is to send very minimal email, normally 1-2 per month.

In Detail:
The Organic Consumers Association is a non-profit, grassroots organization and receives contact information through various means, such as, online volunteer signup, donations, newsletter subscriptions, and other outreach. This contact information is used by our "individual coordinators" and "coalition partners" (NGO's/ organizations) around the United States and world to achieve our mission:

"The Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. We are a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance.

OCA may contact you concerning own work or work of our coalition partners. We will not give your name to other organizations. You may be notified about participating with outreach educational activities such as: lectures, media interviews, demonstrations, teach-ins, phone trees, newsletters (BioDemocracy News), website updates, leaflet distribution, book sales, etc.

Our volunteer management system is designed to allow you to participate with us in areas of your choosing. If you have not submitted/updated your choices, please do so in order for us to best work together.

OCA Policy Advisory Board:

  • Maude Barlow-Council of Canadians (Canada)
  • Jay Feldman-National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (DC)
  • Nicols Fox-Author (ME)
  • Jean Halloran-Consumers Union (NY)
  • Tim Hermach-Native Forest Council (OR)
  • Ellen Hickey-Pesticide Action Network (CA)
  • Julia Butterfly Hill-Author & Forest Activist (CA)
  • Annie Hoy-Ashland Community Food Store (OR)
  • Mika Iba-Network for Safe & Secure Food & Environment (Japan)
  • Pat Kerrigan-Youth and Farm Market (MN)
  • John Kinsman-Family Farm Defenders (WI)
  • Al Krebs-Agribusiness Examiner (WA)
  • Bruce Krug-Dairy Farmer (NY)
  • Howard Lyman-EarthSave (VA)
  • Charles Margulis-Greenpeace (MD)
  • Victor Menotti-International Forum on Globalization (CA)
  • Robyn Seydel-La Montanita Co-op (NM)
  • Vandana Shiva (Research Foundation for Science, Technology, & Natural Resource Policy
  • John Stauber-Center for Media and Democracy & Author (WI)

National Grassroots Network: We currently have 100,000 people in our data base, including subscribers to our electronic newsletter, members, volunteers, and supporters, and 1800
cooperating retail coops, natural food stores, CSAs, and farmers markets.
We have 500 key volunteers and coordinators working on developing
OCA/BioDemocracy action teams across the country.

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