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General Mills, Inc. is an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It is headquartered in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley, Minnesota.


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Petitioning General Mills

Help farmers and end harmful business practices that cause global warming

As a fifth generation sustainable farmer, I've seen firsthand how devastating climate change has already been to the American way of farming. That's why I was so shocked to learn that two giant American food corporations, Kellogg and General Mills, use horribly unsustainable business practices that damage the environment and cause climate change. Short-sighted policies by General Mills and Kellogg are harming the planet and accelerating climate change. With another dangerous summer upon us, I urgently need you to join me in asking these companies to commit to more responsible environmental policies. Both General Mills and Kellogg claim they are trying to reduce their emissions which harm the planet and affect our air quality, but refuse to say what their current impact is and how they plan to reduce their impact. They do business with companies which burn down forests to clear land and overuse polluting fertilizers, too. Globally, agricultural production of raw materials is the largest source of global warming emissions. Investigations in Asia and Africa show that General Mills and Kellogg purchase palm oil through suppliers that clear and burn forests. And while General Mills and Kellogg have recently adopted zero deforestation palm oil policies, these do not extend to commodities like soy and sugar. Other companies have policies that address these problems, too, so I know it’s something big food companies can do. We need to act now, so I’m supporting a group called Oxfam to urge General Mills and Kellogg to take the three following steps: ·         Disclose emissions from your supply chains that contribute to climate change making people hungry. ·         Commit to clear, science-based targets and actions that reduce emissions from your operations and supply chains. ·         Use your power and influence to call on governments and businesses to do what’s needed to fight climate change. I remember the regular rainfall which nourished our corn fields when I was young. It was just about every Saturday night. But a few years ago in 2011, the river flooded from unusual rain and snow, and my fields were underwater for months. All told, the flooding in the Missouri and Souris river basins that year caused more than $2 billion in damages and my state had three declarations of major disasters. The devastation contributed to record high prices of grains for consumers like you. Because of these companies’ inaction, things continue to get worse on my farm and many like it across the Midwest. The once regular rains have given way to long periods of dryness followed by drenches of four to five inches at a time that damage our corn and soybeans in the standing water left behind. Sudden powerful bursts of wind up to 90 miles an hour slam into our farm several times a summer now, knocking over irrigation systems and ripping our buildings. Despite this, neither General Mills nor Kellogg publicly report on agricultural emissions through the industry-standard Carbon Disclosure Project. This is something that the vast majority of food and beverage companies are already doing, so I wonder if they are trying to hide something from consumers. Now we have a huge opportunity for these companies to ensure a sustainable source of revenue for the future. Anything that is ultimately good for the earth is good for people. Please sign to support farmers like me!

Richard Oswald
117,519 supporters
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Petitioning General Mills

Stop Making Food with Eggs from Caged Hens

General Mills is one of the largest food manufacturers in the world, with globally recognized brands that are likely in your family’s kitchen right now. Their products include Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Haagen Dazs, Progresso soup, and even brands such as Annie’s Homegrown, Nature Valley, and Larabar. General Mills gives the impression that their products are healthy and safe for you and your family, but they have a very dirty secret: they source eggs from cruel, battery cage egg farms. Battery cage farms pack egg-laying hens so tightly into tiny wire cages that they can’t even spread their wings or engage in any of their natural behaviors. Each hen is forced to live in a space roughly the size of an iPad and most will never see sunlight or breath fresh air for virtually their entire lives. Battery cages are so cruel and unsafe that their use is criminalized in the entire European Union and several states in the US.   A wide range of companies have pledged to eliminate cages with a firm timeline including Burger King, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Panera Bread, The Cheesecake Factory, TGI Fridays, Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, and many more. General Mills' direct competitors, Kellogg's and Unilever, have also produced timelines to source exclusively cage free eggs. Even McDonald’s and much of the US prison system are phasing out battery cage eggs. General Mills claims it is working towards sourcing 100% cage-free eggs for its U.S. operations. However, they have failed to produce a timeline to transition all of their eggs to cage-free and instead continue to serve our families food from the worst factory farms. Please sign our petition and ask the leadership at General Mills to produce a timeline to end their support of forcing hens to live in tiny wire cages. Thank you.

The Humane League
76,534 supporters
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Petitioning General Mills

Put Greg Louganis on the Wheaties box

Greg Louganis set a diving record in the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles when he won two gold medals. He became the first man to reach 700 in platform diving. Greg was diving's superstar and Swimming World named him "The Greatest Diver Ever." At the time, General Mills explained Louganis did not meet their "wholesome demographics" to grace the cover of the famed coveted Wheaties box. Greg Louganis deserves (still) to be on the cover of the Wheaties box. And with marriage equality passing in June of 2015, what a great way to pay it forward to Greg and all of his accomplishments. After watching HBO's documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis, I felt inspired to ask General Mills to right a wrong and put him on the Wheaties box.  

Julie Sondgerath
43,685 supporters
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Petitioning Kellogg

Tell General Mills and Kellogg to stop climate change making people hungry

One in eight people around the world goes to bed hungry. What’s worse is that many of these people are the ones who produce the world’s food – farmers. Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger – yet food companies are making climate change worse. Outside of the farming community of Komonah, Liberia, a company that sells to a supplier of Kellogg and General Mills is planning an expansion—both forest and farm land. Clearance of this land has the community worried. “We don’t want the company here to operate on our land,” says Eric, a married father of five young sons who mainly grows rice, cassava, corn on about 2 hectares of land in the community. Liberians like Eric depend on the land to feed their families and earn a living. Kellogg and General Mills - the makers of Frosted Flakes and Cheerios - do business with companies that worsen climate change by burning down forests to clear land, and by over-using polluting fertilisers. These practices drive climate change - and worsen droughts, floods and natural disasters - meaning families like Eric’s go hungry. But it doesn't have to be this way. No company is too big to listen to its customers.  When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Call on Kellogg and General Mills to cut their emissions, and to tell us how they're doing it, so we can hold them to account. Tell them to get behind small-scale farmers like Eric and their families, struggling in the face of extreme weather. Your action will help farmers like Eric to make a decent living, and together, we can stop climate change from making more people hungry.

Oxfam America
11,996 supporters
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Petitioning Kellogg

Tell General Mills and Kellogg to stop climate change making people hungry

One in eight people around the world goes to bed hungry. What’s worse is that many of these people are the ones who produce the world’s food – farmers. Climate change is the single biggest threat to winning the fight against hunger – yet food companies are making climate change worse. Outside of the farming community of Komonah Liberia, a company that sells to a supplier of Kellogg and General Mills is planning an expansion—both forest and farm land. Clearance of this land has the community worried. “We don’t want the company here to operate on our land,” says Eric, a married father of five young sons who mainly grows rice, cassava, corn on about 2 hectares of land in the community. Liberians like Eric depend on the land to feed their families and earn a living. Kellogg and General Mills - the makers of Corn Flakes, Haagen-Dazs, Old El Paso and Pringles - do business with companies that worsen climate change by burning down forests to clear land, and by over-using polluting fertilisers. These practices drive climate change - and worsen droughts, floods and natural disasters - meaning families like Eric’s go hungry. But it doesn't have to be this way. No company is too big to listen to its customers.  When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Call on Kellogg and General Mills to cut their emissions, and to tell us how they're doing it, so we can hold them to account. Tell them to get behind small-scale farmers like Eric and their families, struggling in the face of extreme weather. Your action will help farmers like Eric to make a decent living, and together, we can stop climate change from making more people hungry.

Oxfam Canada
6,191 supporters
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Petitioning Kellogg

Tell Kellogg and General Mills to Keep Climate Change Out of Our Food

“Whether it’s warmer weather and more extreme droughts in Australia, increasingly severe typhoons in the Philippines, or sea level rise in the Pacific, climate change is impacting all of us.” – Helen Henry, mum, community leader and from a farming family, Hamilton, Australia Right now, people around the world are going hungry. What’s worse is that many of these people are the ones who produce the world’s food – farmers.  Droughts, floods and other natural disasters caused by climate change are stopping farmers around the world from growing enough food to feed their families and make a living. The makers of Cornflakes and Old El Paso don’t seem to care.  They don’t fully disclose most of their emissions, let alone set targets to reduce them. And they do business with companies that worsen climate change by burning down forests and over-using polluting fertilisers. It doesn't have to be this way. No company is too big to listen to its customers.  When enough of us speak out, companies listen. If thousands of us demand that Kellogg and General Mills companies reduce their harmful emissions and call for other companies and governments to do the same, we could take the climate change out of our food. This means farmers can make a decent living, and we can stop climate change from making more people hungry. Please sign this petition and demand that Kellogg and General Mills -  the companies that produce Cornflakes and Old El Paso – commit to reducing their emissions and tell other companies and governments to do the same.

Oxfam Australia
3,230 supporters
Petitioning General Mills

Put two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields of Flint, MI, on Wheaties!

Claressa Shields of Flint, MI, is the first American boxer to win back-to-back gold medals--an accomplishment that inspires both men and women athletes. Sign to encourage General Mills to celebrate Claressa's historic achievement by putting her on Wheaties cereal!

Sarah Bedy
2,919 supporters
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Petitioning Kellogg

Roep General Mills en Kellogg op klimaatverandering tegen te gaan

Klimaatverandering is de grootste bedreiging in de strijd tegen honger – maar ironisch genoeg versterken voedselbedrijven klimaatverandering. Net buiten het boerendorp Komonah in Liberia staat een ontginning gepland van zowel bos- als bouwland. De gemeenschap maakt zich zorgen. ‘We willen niet dat een het bedrijf - een tussenleverancier van Kellogg en General Mills - op ons land gaat werken’, zegt Eric, een vader van vijf jonge zoons, die vooral rijst, cassave en maïs verbouwt op 2 hectare land in het dorp. Liberiaanse boeren zoals Eric en hun gezinnen zijn van dit land afhankelijk voor voedsel en een inkomen. Kellogg ( bekend van Kellogg’s cornflakes en Pringles ) en General Mills ( de maker van Häagen Dazs en Old El Paso) doen zaken met bedrijven die klimaatverandering verergeren. Bossen worden platgebrand om plaats te maken voor gewassen en er wordt overvloedig kunstmest gebruikt. De vervuiling die dit soort praktijken veroorzaakt, voedt klimaatverandering en verergert droogtes, overstromingen en natuurrampen, waardoor boerengezinnen als die van Erichonger lijden. Roep Kellogg en General Mills op om achter kleinschalige boeren en hun gezinnen te gaan staan. Want zij worden het hardst geraakt door extreme weersomstandigheden. Laat klimaatverandering niet langer de oorzaak zijn van honger.

Oxfam Novib
1,987 supporters
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Petitioning General Mills

Save General Mills Berwick upon Tweed and 265 local jobs

General Mills Berwick is a food processing company, under threat of closure, resulting in a loss of 265 jobs. Products are being transferred to another plant in Europe. This comes after a year in which profits were up and Jus-Rol were the best performing factory within their group. If the closure goes ahead it will destroy this small community.

Martin Crossan
1,614 supporters
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Petitioning General Mills

Ask Wheaties to put our hero soldiers on their cereal boxes

The Wheaties Box is an iconic image in America. It celebrates our best, our brightest, and those achieving high honors on the athletic field. Isn’t it time to honor another set of American heroes? Our troops who served their country and gave their all, deserve the same honor as our great athletes. Imagine the national pride of seeing a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor on the Wheaties box. General Mills, proud maker of Wheaties, can make this a new tradition. Next to the sacrifice these heroes and their families have made, it’s a small honor. But in our celebrity-obsessed culture, it can be a new tradition we all can be proud to share. General Mills, we are asking you to please add servicemembers who have been honored for their distinct service and heroism, to your rotation of those recognized on the Wheaties Box. We don’t do enough to honor those who served, especially those people who gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. And while an image on a box of cereal may not seem like much, it’s a gesture that says so much about what we value. It’s the type of gesture we need to see happen more often. We hope General Mills will show us that these men and women are worth recognizing on their iconic brand. Please sign and share the petition telling General Mills to place our honored heroes from the military on their Wheaties box.

Matt Mayberry
1,407 supporters