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What should Organic Agriculture Food System Advocates prioritize for 2018 and beyond?

January 2018 is here and with it an opportunity to take the organic consumer awareness message to the next level: Mainstreaming organic policies, strategies and ensuing implementation at local, national, regional and international levels. Here below are key issues and examples of some measure of success, illustrated by concerted local, regional and international efforts.

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What informs this passion for all things organic and chemicals free?

Good people,

December is here and with it the festivities …it is also a time for reflection and introspection:

Some have asked: “Daktari, why this passion for all things organic?”

  • Here is the answer: To quote the visionary marine biologist and environmentalist, Rachel Carson, in her book: Silent Spring…”human health is intricately tied to environmental health”… like her i “see” a link between a toxic environment and poor health outcomes…that is what drives my team, at OCA, in contributing to creating Consumer  Awareness…all evidence based.
  • Synthetic fertilizers and chemicals(remnants of WWII left over by-products!) are turning the Silent Spring(killing birds) into the Silent Night(killing frogs and other amphibians): https://www.elementascience.org/articles/10.1525/elementa.246/
  • Here is evidence that the chemical-industrial model, which embraces GM approaches, has failed to achieve the promised food security: This approach promised to solve the hunger problem but instead has increased hunger and created a new form of malnutrition; Obesity,  which is increasing and with it, an increase in debilitating non-communicable diseases(NCDs), which include deadly diabetes and cancers. http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/
  •  GMO technology promised to increase yield and reduce pesticide use but it has achieved the opposite: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29024306
  • Here is the Australian experience with Bt. cotton evidencing the failure of this approach to deliver on the promises: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1071/CP17116
  • In India, after failed promises, from Bt. Cotton, they are moving away from the failed GMO cotton experiment to embrace local varieties of cotton,  including organic cotton production:  India is currently the leading producer of organic cotton in the world: https://www.soilassociation.org/media/13510/failed-promises-e-version.pdf and here more evidence: http://www.pan-uk.org/cottons-chemical-addiction/
  • What is the way forward? The solution includes a paradigm shift to an agro-ecological organic food production system in harmony with Nature.

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New study confirms that over 75% of the world’s honey is contaminated with harmful insecticides and pesticides: That means BEES are affected and so are human beings…one more reason to go ORGANIC

Good people,

The month of October has beckoned and with it the persistent hot spell…both fauna and flora are dying…do you know what else is dying albeit slowly from insecticide and pesticide “poisoning”?

What is the way forward?

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More evidence that organic foods and related agro-ecological systems are “medicine” to a sick world and sick people...it’s the SOLUTION

Good people,

The month of November is here with us…it marks the beginning of a time of reflection of the journey we have travelled thus far….as December beckons. What have we learnt so far?

Find some science backed organic friendly findings:

What is the way forward?

Here are some key recommendations from The Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017 (www.gstic.org) held in Brussels from 23rd to 25th October, demonstrating more recognition and appreciation of agro-ecological approaches as the SOLUTION.

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Did you know that the size of your waist is the product of an intricate balance between food, gut bacteria and genetics?

Good people,

September is here and with it the month of the Libras…a lot to do with “a balancing act.”

This month’s article is largely compiled by Organic Consumers Alliance (OCA)’s more youthful board member, Catherine Kinyanjui, who is keen on a smaller waistline, as most younger people would be: Other than exercise, what else is important to maintain a smaller waist line? This month’s article focuses on answering that question and more…read on...

  • Firstly; the scientific evidence: Who better to share the scientific evidence than the innovative neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter on th critical role of diets, gut bacteria and genes in achieving better health outcomes, including a smaller waistline: Here: is a good summary: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-perlmutter-md/gut-bacteria-health_b_7428882.html
  • Secondly; the narrative as shared by Catherine:  Being an ordinary girl from Nairobi, Kenya, trying to draw that crucial link between my food and my health, it is only natural that I clicked on a story that read “How the bacteria in your gut may be shaping your waistline”.  As usual, the writing did not disappoint. This post is a simple understanding of the relationship between your food, genetic composition and gut bacteria and the elusive waistline. The publication was based on a study that controlled for the effects of genes and diet, to understanding of the specific ways that the gut's living organisms influence a complex phenomenon like weight gain. As a reference point, gut bacteria (gut flora) is the microbe population living in our intestines. It is composed of tens of trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes!). It can weigh up to 2 kg. One third of our gut microbiota is common to most people, while two thirds are specific to each one of us. Some key functions played by gut bacteria include: promoting proper development and function of your immune system, digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates, producing vitamins, absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins, keeping bad bacteria under control and preventing allergies among others. The study conducted in Washington University and published in Science began with four sets of identical female twins in which one twin was lean and the other obese. Samples of bacteria, virus and protozoans were extracted from their stool and transplanted into mice whose intestines were a blank slate to ensure that the mice’s gut bacteria resembled that of the human donors. Despite eating about the same amount of the same low-fat diet, mice that got transplants from an obese twin began to gain weight and show fat deposits. The mice that got transplants from a lean twin remained lean. Further, it was observed that the intestinal flora of the lean mice also worked better at breaking down and fermenting dietary sugars than did their counterparts in the obese mice. The straight forward changes in the gut microorganisms cause changes in body shape and metabolic rates, as opposed to metabolism shaping the microbiome.
  • For the scientific, medical and pharmaceutical community this is great news as it implies the possibility getting a “pill” that can control obesity.
  •  However, to the natural wellness and nutritional based practitioners, who also promote consuming organic foods and who espouse the mantra of  “your health being your first wealth”, the ability to control your gut bacteria by growing “good bacteria” from probiotics, found in fermented milk and easily found pro biotic formulas, can be obtained from healthy foods and supplements shops. To put it simply, a diet of maziwa lala, fermented uji, fermented vegetables and even Muratina or Buzaa, will help control the weight and manage the waistline. As natural probiotics are culture specific, you can view an extensive list here.

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Organic Farmers

This is just a few names and contacts of organic farmers who work closely with OCA.



Organic Markets

The retailers buy thei food from the organic farmers and sell them at various organic




OCA works closely and directs traffic to the only organic restaurant in Nairobi so far.




OCA closely works with one processor whose products are certified organic.


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