Thursday, March 19, 2009


The Organic Consumers Association, based out of Finland, Minnesota is amazing. I swear they are on top of everything when it comes to food agriculture, sustainability and organics and above and beyond that with social justice/animal rights issues, etc. I get their "Organic Bytes" Newsletter in my email and every time I want to post pretty much all of it in my blog. So, today I will give you a sample (see below). I suggest you subscribe yourself:

Also, they are on Twitter and Facebook. Here's one of my favorite snippets from this week's newsletter:

Join OCA's Delegation to Cuba and Help Lift the Travel Ban:
Since 1990, Cuba has carried out the world's most comprehensive and successful organic food and farming revolution, including the ongoing cultivation of over 60,000 organic urban gardens that supply 50-80% of its urban food needs (learn more). The Organic Consumers Association and our friends at Global Exchange and Food First are organizing a study delegation May 21 -29 to Cuba to see and experience firsthand how our Caribbean neighbors have survived economic depression and a life-threatening cut-off of oil and food imports by moving from chemical-intensive agriculture to nearly 100% organic and local production. And of course in the process of carrying out this organic revolution, Cubans have qualitatively improved the island's public health, biodiversity, and environment, not to mention drastically reducing fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas pollution. OCA invites you to join Ronnie Cummins and other leading organic food and farm activists for this once in a lifetime inspirational trip to Cuba from May 21 -29. OCA believes that the only way we can overcome our own domestic economic, food, health, energy, and climate crisis is through sharing information and "best practices" with organic practitioners and communities across the globe. This is a major reason why we are calling on Barack Obama to immediately normalize relations with Cuba. Please visit OCA's Cuba Delegation web page for more information.

Go further! Its high time to lift travel restrictions to Cuba for ALL Americans, restore our right as citizens of the United States to travel freely, and take a giant step toward restoring our country's reputation in Latin America and the world. Take Action: Support the Freedom of Travel Bills in the House and Senate.

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