Non-profit

Organic Consumers Association

Location:

FINLAND, MN

Tax ID:

41-1908341

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $4,005,101
Expenses: $3,594,561
Assets: $1,907,429

Website:

https://www.organicconsumers.org

Green New Deal

The Organic Consumers Association is a left-of-center nonprofit organization that advocates for tightening the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) criteria for labeling food products as organic. The association aims to stymie the sale of genetically engineered foods and other products associated with the use of pesticides and livestock antibiotics. [1]  

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the association has published material and launched a publicity campaign expressing concern and skepticism regarding available vaccines and alleging that the virus was manufactured in a laboratory. [2] [3]

Background

The Organic Consumers Association was founded by activist Ronnie Cummins and his wife Rose Welch in September 1998 in Finland, Minnesota as a tax-exempt, nonprofit educational organization. The association was founded following news coverage of an ultimately unsuccessful Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal to allow certain food products, particularly genetically modified crops, to be characterized as organic. [4] [5]

Campaigns

Opposition to Monsanto

During the 1990s, the Organic Consumers Association began an advocacy campaign against the American agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto, which the association later termed “Millions Against Monsanto.” Beginning in 2012, the association organized and fundraised in support of various citizen ballot initiatives in California, Washington, and Oregon, which sought to required that foods derived from genetically modified organisms (popularly known as GMOs) be labeled as such. [6]

In April 2017, the association worked with Beyond Pesticides to sue Monsanto over its leading weedkiller product, RoundUp. The lawsuit alleged that the company had made false claims by stating that the product targeted an enzyme found in plants when it was in fact found in people and animals as well. On March 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Monsanto corporation’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. [7] [8]

Boycott Big Meat

In July 2020, the association launched the “#BoycottBigMeat” campaign with left-of-center environmentalist partners including the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Regeneration International, and the National Coalition of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The campaign aims, through public relations and lobbying efforts, to pivot the United States from general economic reliance on centralized meat production practices towards more decentralized, less industrialized forms of production. [9]

COVID-19 Activism

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Organic Consumers Association launched a “Right to Know” campaign in an effort to provide “the best health-related information and resources” on minimizing both the risk of infection and severity of symptoms. [10] One emphasis was placed on improving “overall health,” through good nutrition and boosting vitamin D levels. [11] Another focus of the campaign was uncovering the origin of Covid-19. The campaign alleged that Covid-19 was the product of ““gain-of-function” research conducted in a lab using genetic engineering and animal experimentation,” [12] whilst blaming “industrial agriculture” as a potential source of future pandemics. [13]

Association cofounder and international director Ronnie Cummins co-authored a book with controversial physician Joseph Mercola featuring a forward by environmentalist lawyer and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The book, entitled The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal, was published by Chelsea Green Publishing on April 28, 2021. [14] [15]

People

Ronnie Cummins is the co-founder and international director of the Organic Consumers Association. Prior to cofounding the association, Cummins was the campaign director for the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C, a nonprofit that primarily aims to promote and disseminate the views of radical-left economist Jeremy Rifkin. [16] [17]

References

  1. “Boycott Big Meat.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/boycott-big-meat ^
  2. “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.” Chelsea Green Publishing. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-truth-about-covid-19/ ^
  3. Butler, Kiera. “Inside the Anti-GMO Movement’s Obsession With Virology Research and Lab Leaks.” Mother Jones. June 14, 2021. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/06/inside-the-anti-gmo-movements-obsession-with-virology-research-and-lab-leaks/ ^
  4. Organic Consumers Association. ProPublica. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/411908341 ^
  5. “About OCA.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/about-oca ^
  6.  “Beyond Pesticides, et al v. Monsanto Co, et al: Memorandum Opinion.” United States District Court for the District of Columbia. March 30, 2018. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/sites/default/files/5.1.18_memorandum_order_denying_mtd.pdf ^
  7. “Beyond Pesticides, et al v. Monsanto Co, et al: Memorandum Opinion.” United States District Court for the District of Columbia. March 30, 2018. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/sites/default/files/5.1.18_memorandum_order_denying_mtd.pdf ^
  8. “Millions Against Monsanto.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/millions-against-monsanto ^
  9. “Boycott Big Meat.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed 30, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/boycott-big-meat ^
  10. “COVID-19.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/covid-19 ^
  11. “COVID-19.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/covid-19 ^
  12. “COVID-19.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/covid-19 ^
  13. “COVID-19.” Organic Consumers Association. Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/campaigns/covid-19 ^
  14. “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing The Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.” Chelsea Green Publishing. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/the-truth-about-covid-19/ ^
  15. Butler, Kiera. “Inside the Anti-GMO Movement’s Obsession With Virology Research and Lab Leaks.” Mother Jones. June 14, 2021. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/06/inside-the-anti-gmo-movements-obsession-with-virology-research-and-lab-leaks/ ^
  16. “The Foundation on Economic Trends.” The Office of Jeremy Rifkin. Accessed August 30, 2021. https://www.foet.org/about/foundation-on-economic-trends/ ^
  17. “Staff: Ronnie Cummins.” The Organic Consumers Association. Accessed August 25, 2021. https://www.organicconsumers.org/staff ^

Supported Movements

  1. Green New Deal (GND)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 1998

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,005,101 $3,594,561 $1,907,429 $331,094 N $4,002,598 $0 $800 $234,591
    2015 Dec Form 990 $3,797,770 $3,816,588 $1,455,408 $289,613 N $3,792,289 $0 $764 $232,808 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $3,341,845 $3,126,343 $1,494,280 $309,667 N $3,341,316 $0 $319 $199,590
    2013 Dec Form 990 $3,073,719 $2,842,517 $1,072,465 $103,354 N $3,053,173 $0 $442 $182,857 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $1,468,535 $1,828,360 $737,617 $74,480 N $1,468,284 $0 $652 $138,183 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $2,030,217 $1,431,660 $1,006,608 $2,126 N $2,000,948 $0 $862 $87,889 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Organic Consumers Association

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