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The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is a non-profit advocacy group for the organic agriculture industry based in Minnesota. It was formed in 1998 by members of the organic industry and consumers of organic products after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's controversial initial version of their proposed regulations for organic food was introduced. The organization's members include subscribers to their online newsletters, volunteers, supporters, and 3,000 retail outlets.[1] The organisation seeks to influence public opinion on a variety of issues, such as campaigning for GMO labelling, by its own advocacy campaigns and providing funds to other groups and individuals whose goals align with the organisations members, such as US Right To Know, of which the association is the sole major sponsor. The activities of these associated lobbying bodies have been called "antiscientific" and "akin to climate change denialism" by scientists, alleging also that they seek primarily to engage in harassment of food scientists.[3]

Organic Consumers Association
Organic Consumers Association logo.png
AbbreviationOCA
MottoCampaigning for Health, Justice, Sustainability, Peace, and Democracy
Formation1998
TypeNon-profit
PurposeOrganic agriculture advocacy group
HeadquartersFinland, Minnesota
Membership (2015)
850,000[1]
National Director
Ronnie Cummins
Revenue (2013)
$4,150,908 USD[2]
Websiteorganicconsumers.org

The organisation itself describes its goals as the encouragement of the U.S. government to expand organic agriculture, utilize fair trade, eliminate genetically modified food, implement universal health care, and obtain energy independence through renewable energy. The organization hopes to "inspire" consumers to buy organic products, and to "pressure the USDA and organic companies to preserve strict organic standards."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About OCA". Archived from the original on 2 Aug 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ "OCA/OCF combined financial audit" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  3. ^ Fedoroff, Nina; Raven, Peter; Sharp, Phillip (9 March 2015). "The anti-GM lobby appears to be taking a page out of the Climategate playbook". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

Further readingEdit

  • Delserone, Leslie M. (2008). "Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org)". Journal of Agricultural & Food Information. 9: 3–9. doi:10.1080/10496500802122811.

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