Ronnie Cummins (1946-2023), a leading figure in the organic and regenerative movement globally, has passed away from complications related to recently diagnosed bone and lymph cancer.
Ronnie Cummins was the co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its international affiliates Via Organica (Mexico) and Regeneration International.
OCA is a non-profit, U.S. based network of two million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and regenerative system of food, farming, and land use. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and climate stability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying.
Cummins was active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past three decades he has served as director of U.S. and international campaigns dealing with agriculture issues including organic standards, food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming.
In 2009 Cummins co-founded Via Organica, a network of organic consumers and farmers based in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. In 2015 Cummins also co-founded Regeneration International, a global network dedicated to mitigating and reversing climate change through regenerative food, farming and land use.
Cummins was a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad as well as a regular contributor to online publications such as Organic Bytes, Common Dreams, Mercola.com, Truthout, Alternet, Counterpunch, and Eco-Watch.
Cummins was also the author of a series of children’s books called Children of the World, as well as the book Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Marlowe & Company 2004). His other books included, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal was published by Chelsea Green in February 2020. Cummins’ latest book was The Truth About COVID-19, co-authored with Dr. Joseph Mercola.
My condolences to the Cummins family. Mr. Cummins did a lot to open the eyes of many people to the dangers of glyphosate and other deleterious substance inclusive of GMOs.
Too bad the PsTB and their political friends and multinational corporate execs refuse to listen to what Mr. Cummins and many others like him had to say. It would appear that the quarterly and annual bottom line of the holy balance sheet and auditor’s report is more sacred than human life.
I always remember the article wherein a reporter asked one of the Senior Executives at Syngenta on the street whether he ate GMO foods. The Sr. Exec said ‘No’. He then realized what he’d said but it was too late to recant his statement. The article however quickly disappeared from circulation.
It’s the same with all these fertilizers and pesticides and foods that have Roundup built into them. Unfortunately the general public doesn’t seem to care and that is sad. They will however be the first to complain when they get sick even though they refuse to educate themselves.
Ronnie you did your job brother. Now safe passage on your journey to the next life.