The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) was founded by Ronnie Cummins and Rose Welch in 1998, in Finland, Minnesota, in the wake of the mass backlash by organic consumers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s controversial proposal to allow genetic engineering, irradiation and toxic sewage sludge in organic production and products. Through OCA’s Safeguard Organic Standards Campaign and collaboration with other organizations, OCA successfully mobilized hundreds of thousands of consumers to pressure the USDA and organic companies to preserve strict organic standards.
Today OCA educates and advocates on behalf of organic consumers, engages consumers in marketplace pressure campaigns, and works to advance sound food and farming policy through grassroots lobbying. We address crucial issues around food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability, including pesticide use, and other food- and agriculture-related topics.
OCA education campaigns reach more than two million consumers and organic businesses either through our newsletter, our social media networks or mainstream and progressive news outlets. Our U.S. and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.
OCA’s headquarters are located in Finland, MN at 6771 South Silver Hill Drive.
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