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Speak Directly with Congress and Advocate for Homeopathy Choice

We are in one of the most critical times in history to advocate for the legal freedom of homeopathic medicine. In 2017 FDA released a policy document—currently in draft form—that will categorize all homeopathic medicines as technically illegal. 

This will allow FDA to remove homeopathic medicines, one at a time, for any reason or no reason at all. Which homeopathic medicine are you willing to lose? FDA has already mentioned Belladonna, Nux vomica, and others as concerns. This event organizes regular people like you into a coordinated grassroots effort, getting Congress involved.

There’s no better way to protect and support homeopathy than speaking directly with the Members of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill. Join Americans for Homeopathy Choice to meet virtually with Representatives in Washington, DC, and speak directly to our nation’s key decision-makers. Your voice will change history. You are needed now more than ever. 

We need your help. You want the full range of homeopathic medicines to be available to you and your family. If we’re going to empower homeopathy, we need to act now. What better way to act than going directly to Congress?

Take Action: Protect your right to access homeopathic medicine

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OCA is on Instagram!

The Organic Consumers Association covers a broad range of projects, news, and actions. We detail everything from pollinators, GMOs, regenerative agriculture, social justice, factory farming, and tons of topics in between. 

The OCA Instagram page is a spot where we keep you up-to-date on the latest in all of it! 

Find exclusive images and videos from our sister projects around the world, browse the archived posts, take action on the issues that matter to you, review your favorite projects in the highlights, or find something exciting on the IGTV section.

It’s all there in OCA’s Instagram page!

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Regenerating the Desert?

It’s hard to imagine how a dry, degraded desert could be the key to reversing global warming, but a new initiative called The Billion Agave Project proposes to do just that. 

The Billion Agave Project is a game-changing agroforestry and holistic livestock management system that farmers in the high-desert region of Guanajuato MX have recently developed. This strategy combines the growing of agave plants and nitrogen-fixing companion tree species (such as mesquite), with holistic rotational grazing of livestock. The result is a high-biomass, high forage-yielding system that works well even on degraded, semi-arid lands. 

And on top of all of that, this agroforestry system is capable of drawing down and storing massive amounts of atmospheric CO2. In fact, one of the goals of the Billion Agave Project is to draw down and store one billion tons of climate-destabilizing CO2!

Want to learn more? Ronnie Cummins and Andre Leu will be giving a live presentation on the Billion Agave Project Today at 4PM CST as part of the Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming.

Not registered for the Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming? Don’t worry! We will be live streaming Ronnie and Andre’s presentation TODAY at 4PM Central Time on our Facebook Page!

Click here to learn more and RSVP to watch

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Planting the Seeds of Resilience

We all talk about resilience. But what does that mean?

Resilience is what protects us from the hard times and the unexpected. Resilience is our ability to adapt.

We need resilience in our lives, but we also need to build resilience in the systems we live in.

We have spent years planting the seeds of resilience, campaigning for the kind of system change that will ensure a better future: healthy food, clean environment, regenerative farming, honest business, honest politics, a sustainable economy, human scale lifestyles that honor community and individual rights. 

We are working for you and we are working with you to create a better future.

With your continued support, we can create resilient health, agricultural and environmental systems so that we—and those who come after us—can continue to thrive. 

Please consider making a donation to help us continue this vital work.

Make a tax-deductible donation to Organic Consumers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 

Click here for more ways to support our work

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Healthy Soils, Healthy People, Healthy Climate: A Conversation with Ray Archuleta & Sara Keough

Join us for a conversation with regenerative organic agriculture and nutrition experts Ray Archuleta and Sara Keough of UnderstandingAG. 

We’ll be discussing Kiss the Ground and learning how, as Ray says in the film, “We get the soil right, we can fix a lot of our issues. Healthy soils lead to a healthy plant. Healthy plant, healthy animal, healthy human, healthy water, healthy climate.” 

Ray Archuleta is a scientist with over 30 years experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Sara Keough is an “Eco-Nutritionist” with a clinical practice in Maryland where she supports patients with a wide variety of health conditions including digestive issues, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes, and other metabolic issues.

RSVP here for the Facebook event on Friday, February 26 at 2:00 pm EST 

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Revealed: Monsanto and US Officials Have Pressured Mexico to Drop Glyphosate Ban

OCA’s sister organizations in Mexico, Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos and Vía Orgánica, have been active for over a decade in campaigns to ban GMOs and Monsanto/Bayer’s toxic pesticide glyphosate in Mexico. 

We’ve provided funds and staff to successful campaigns such as Sin Maíz no Hay País, (Without Corn There is No Country), as well as a campaign working with Mayan communities and organic honey producers in the Yucatan to ban GMO soybeans.

We’ve pressured Maseca, Mexico’s largest tortilla company, to stop putting imported GMO corn into their products. 

We’ve won major court battles against GMO corn and soybeans; and along with 300 other farm, environmental, indigenous, and organic organizations, we’ve been lobbying the Mexican government to ban glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides), which they recently announced would be phased out by 2024. 

Now, recent documents reveal that the US government and Monsanto have made outrageous efforts to bully Mexico’s government into reversing their ban on glyphosate. 

Read more: Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

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Comparing Organic, Regenerative, and Agroecological Farming

In June 2015, some 60 people from 21 nations—including entrepreneurs, farmers and scientists, representatives of educational institutions, policy-makers and NGOs—met in Costa Rica to form an international movement called Regeneration International.

These diverse partners came together with a commitment to a common goal: to reverse global warming and end world hunger by facilitating and accelerating the global transition to a “regenerative agriculture.”

The original founders of Regeneration International included:

•Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association (USA)

•Vandana Shiva of Navdanya (India)

•Andre Leu of IFOAM (Australia)

•Hans Herren of the Millennium Institute (USA)

•Precious Phiri of Earth Wisdom (Zimbabwe)

•Steve Rye of (USA) 

Learn more about Regeneration International and the regenerative movement 

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Regeneration: The Obstacles in Our Path

When people ask the question “What is Regenerative Food and Farming?” my usual response goes something like this: 

Regenerative agriculture and animal husbandry is the next and higher stage of organic food and farming, not only free from toxic pesticides, GMOs, chemical fertilizers, and factory farm production, and therefore good for human health; but also regenerative in terms of the health of the soil, the environment, the animals, the climate, and rural livelihoods.

Or as my fellow steering committee member for Regeneration International, Vandana Shiva, puts it: “Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis, and the crisis of democracy.” 

Read More: Regenerative Food and Farming: The Road Forward