Organic Consumers Association

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Organic Consumers Association
Organic Consumers Association logo.png
Abbreviation OCA
Motto Campaigning for Health, Justice, Sustainability, Peace, and Democracy
Formation 1998
Type Non-profit
Purpose Consumer protection and organic agriculture advocacy group
Headquarters Finland, Minnesota
Membership (2015)
National Director
Ronnie Cummins
Revenue (2013)
$4,150,908 USD[2]

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.[1]

Summary of priorities and campaigns[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "2013 IRS filings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Delserone, Leslie M. (2008). "Organic Consumers Association". Volume 9, Issue 1. Journal of Agricultural & Food Information. pp. 3–9. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

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