Organic Consumers Association
|Motto||Campaigning for Health, Justice, Sustainability, Peace, and Democracy|
|Purpose||Consumer protection and organic agriculture advocacy group|
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is a consumer protection and non-profit advocacy group for organic agriculture based in Finland, Minnesota. It was formed in 1998 in the wake of strong opposition by members of the organic industry and consumers of organic food to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's controversial initial version of their proposed regulations for organic food. The organization's members include subscribers to their online newsletters, volunteers, supporters, and 3,000 cooperating retail co-ops in the natural foods and organic marketplace.
Summary of priorities and campaigns
The OCA defines the mission of their organization as the following:
To increase consumers' awareness/knowledge of organic and agricultural production. To promote the development/expansion of the organic/sustainable agricultural model.
The main goals of this organization are:
- To develop a newsletter called the Organic Consumer, for U.S. consumers.
- To create an interactive network of U.S. consumers concerned about food safety and supportive of sustainable, organic agriculture.
- To increase people's awareness and knowledge of organic food and agricultural production.
- To promote the development and expansion of the organic and sustainable agricultural model.
- Delserone, Leslie M. (2008). "Organic Consumers Association". Volume 9, Issue 1. Journal of Agricultural & Food Information. pp. 3–9. Retrieved 18 October 2013.