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  • CEO of Whole Foods Market

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Petitioning Doug McMillon

Stop contributing to massive food waste in the US

What the Fork Are You Doing With Your Produce, Walmart and Whole Foods?   In 2013, a staggering 17.5 million households faced hunger. Part of the problem is the prohibitively high price of produce. Many low income American families simply can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables. Yet, we throw away nearly 26% of all produce before it even reaches the grocery store due mostly to cosmetic standards from large grocers that dictate exactly how fruits and veggies should look. If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color, retailers deem it "ugly" and refuse to sell it in their stores. Billions of pounds of good, healthy produce goes uneaten because it’s not pretty! But this food is perfectly edible. Culinary nutritionist Stefanie Sacks, author of What the Fork Are You Eating? and co-starter of this petition, confirms that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, in fact, smaller produce can actually have more taste! I’m Jordan Figueiredo, a solid waste specialist, and founder of Together with Stefanie Sacks, we are asking you to call on Whole Foods and Walmart to help stop massive food waste by agreeing to sell cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. We want Walmart and Whole Foods to combat food waste by marketing ugly produce as they do traditional produce using a fun campaign like the French supermarket giant Intermarche did with its “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables Campaign.” Stores in Europe, Australia, and Canada have started selling not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. In the U.S. Raley's has also started a pilot selling ugly produce. We are asking two of America’s largest retailers to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and customers’ bottom line. This is truly low-hanging fruit in terms of its environmental and social benefits. One out of six Americans is food insecure, and more than four out of five is produce-deficient. With statistics like this, it is simply irresponsible to encourage waste of good, healthy and perfectly edible food. Join the “ugly fruit and veg revolution” and let’s ask Walmart and Whole Foods to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add the “uglies” to their store aisles so you can save money, fight hunger and help the environment all in one. The solution might look ugly, but the result will be something beautiful. #WhatTheFork

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
111,623 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods, John Mackey

Stop Deforestation in Indonesia & Malaysia - Ask Whole Foods to ban Palm Oil

Palm oil is used in most packaged foods today. The production of palm oil, primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia causes massive deforestation and destruction of the habitat of elephants, tigers and orangutans. The burning of forests in order to plant palm oil farms releases enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, which increases climate change and global warming. Often orangutans are burned alive in trees. Whole Foods sets a precedent for healthy food and eating habits. We ask that they set another precedent by demanding that their suppliers switch to other, more sustainable oils for their products. We understand that there may be a slight increase in a product's cost, and as consumers, we are fine with that. The climate and the health of all species is far more important. For more information about palm oil and climate change and what YOU can do, watch new film Before The Flood, it's streaming online for free!

Rose Bothomley
3,494 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods, John Mackey, April Pierson

Stop Whole Foods from Evicting Brentwood Newsstand (Los Angeles)

Brentwood Newsstand is being evicted by Whole Foods Market on October 1, 2017. The newsstand has been an exemplary tenant in this location for more than 28 years. Of historic significance, the newsstand is the last of its kind on the Westside of Los Angeles. In an ugly display of corporate greed, Whole Foods, an $11 billion company, is bullying a small, local business, forcing it out of business. The newsstand is owned by Marck Sarfati. He opened the stand at this location in 1989. Marck is 66 years old. He lives with and cares for his father who is 96 years old, and a Holocaust survivor. The newsstand is the only source of income for Marck and his father, Nic Sarfati. Nic was captured by the Nazis and forced into a labor camp in Northern Greece when he was 21 years old. Nic's parents and sister, along with her husband and 6-month old baby were transported to Auschwitz and killed. Nic escaped, joined the partisans and fought the Nazis. After coming to the U.S. he owned the Beach House Market on the oceanfront in Venice Beach for 30 years (it's still there). Dissemination of news media, access to the free press is now more important than ever. Whole Foods cites phantom complaints from customers about "parking" for its decision to force the newsstand out of business. But parking hasn't been a problem in 28 years. Whole Foods' patronage continues to nosedive -- the store needs to blame someone for diminished sales, and they are scapegoating the newsstand. We, the undersigned, are concerned customers who strongly urge Whole Foods Market to allow Brentwood Newsstand to remain in its present location and continue serving our community, as it has done for many years. If Whole Foods forces the newsstand out of business, we will no longer patronize and encourage others to boycott Whole Foods Market. 

Citizens for a Free Press
2,287 supporters
Petitioning John Mackey, Jim Nielsen, Dan Sanders, Walter Robb, Shahid (Hass) Hassan

Dear Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market: Plant-Based Checkout Lines, please!

Dear Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market: As a longtime Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market customer who does not consume animal products I propose the idea of Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market establishing a dedicated "Plant-Based Check Out" line intended for only plant-based or Vegan food items. Vegans don't like to be surrounded by items containing animals' flesh, chickens' eggs, or cows' breast secretions (dairy) because we are reminded of the devastation animal agriculture (including "grass-fed, free-range, organic") causes to the animals, the environment, our health, our economy, our ethics/logic systems and world hunger and war instead of world peace. In fact, we prefer to eliminate any cross contamination and seek to avoid those animal aisles completely, or what Vegans call "The Morgue". A dedicated "Plant-Based Check Out" line would demonstrate you are listening to the needs of your customers and would be in alignment with your respective mission and passion statements: "Whole Foods Market is a dynamic leader in the quality food business. We are a mission-driven company that aims to set the standards of excellence for food retailers. We are building a business in which high standards permeate all aspects of our company. Quality is a state of mind at Whole Foods Market.""At Sprouts, we believe healthy living is a journey and every meal is a choice. We love to inspire, educate and empower every person to eat healthier and live a better life. This isn't just a mission. It's our passion."With the incentive of having an exclusive checkout (like the HOV lane), people will become more cognizant of making Sustainable, environmentally-friendly, healthy and compassionate choices, while like-minded consumers will have the opportunity to connect with one another.  Respectfully and compassionately yours, John BergdollKaren P. Call

Karen Call
926 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods Market, Amazon, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, John Mackey

Save Whole Foods Giffnock

The only Whole Foods in Scotland is set to close. The only way to save Whole Foods in Giffnock is to sign this petition. Lets all hope our favorite organic food store changes there mind about Whole Foods market being closed in Giffnock. 

Silas Forsythe
420 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods, John Mackey

Whole Foods: Stop Using Canola Oil in Your Prepared Foods!

Every day at Whole Foods markets in the United States and Canada stores prepare and sell prepackaged foods to an unsuspecting public who trust the ingredients used in their store-made products are safe. Canola oil, a genetically modified bi-product of the previously FDA banned rapeseed oil, is the oil used in hundreds of prepared food items at Whole Foods Market and we the people will not accept this any longer. The health-conscious public who keep Whole Foods' doors open deserves more and the word is spreading. Besides signing this petition I urge you to write comment cards, speak to your store manager, and store employees.   More information on canola oil below but here are a few excerpts: "Studies of Canola oil done on rats indicate many problems, such as developing fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When the Canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. Why were no studies done on humans before the FDA placed it on the GRAS list?" "Canola oil depresses the immune system and causes it to “go to sleep.”" "All canola oil is genetically modified."       As Ty Bollinger, author of the best-selling book, "Cancer - Step Outside the Box," states: "Did you know that there is no such thing as a “Canola” plant? Olive oil comes from olives, grapeseed oil comes from grape seeds, peanut oil comes from peanuts, and Canola oil comes from… rapeseed. What’s wrong with this picture? Many companies are selling Canola oil as the “healthy” alternative, but Canola oil is nothing more than “bastardized” oil made from genetically modified rapeseed plants. The problem was that “rapeseed oil” was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956. So when Canadian growers bred a new variety of rapeseed in the 1970’s with a lower content of the toxic erucic acid, they decided they needed a new name for it. The name of the new oil was L.E.A.R. (Low Erucic Acid Rapeseed) oil, but it was eventually renamed “Canola” for marketing reasons, because no company wanted to be associated with a product having “rape” in its name and “rapeseed” oil was well-known to be a toxic oil. The term Canola was coined from “Canadian oil, low acid” to convince consumers that this “newer and better” rapeseed oil was safe to eat. You see, rapeseed oil was banned from foods, probably because it attacks the heart to cause permanent degenerative lesions and is better used as an industrial lubricant, fuel, soap, and synthetic rubber base. The truth is that rapeseed is the most toxic of all food oil plants. Even insects won’t eat it! That’s right, Canola oil is a very effective insecticide, and it is the primary ingredient in many “organic” (non-chemical) pesticide control products sprayed on vegetables to kill bugs. In 1985, the Canadian government allegedly paid the FDA the sum of $50 million dollars to have Canola oil placed on the GRAS list (Generally Recognized As Safe). The Canadian government subsidizes most of rapeseed planting and harvesting. Those plants are cheap, easy to grow and a natural insect resistant, and Canola oil is cheaper and easier to use for processed foods than more expensive, healthier cold pressed oils such as olive oil. Because Canola oil is so cheap, it is now widely used in the food industry. For instance, almost all peanut butter now has a Canola oil base, which gives it the “spreadability” and smoothness. Natural peanut butter should only have peanuts and salt listed in the ingredients. Studies of Canola oil done on rats indicate many problems, such as developing fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland. When the Canola oil was withdrawn from their diet, the deposits dissolved, but scar tissue remained on the organs. Why were no studies done on humans before the FDA placed it on the GRAS list? Canola oil depresses the immune system and causes it to “go to sleep.” Canola oil is high in glycosides which cause health problems by blocking enzyme function, and its effects are cumulative, taking years to show up. One possible effect of long term use is the destruction of the protective coating surrounding nerves called the myelin sheath. When this protective sheath is gone, our nerves short-circuit causing erratic, uncontrollable movements. Another problem is that almost all Canola oil is genetically modified. And lastly, please be aware that Canola is a “trans fat” and has been shown to have a direct link to cancer. Trans fats, including hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, cause damage to the cell walls and inhibit oxygen uptake, thus causing cells to turn cancerous. Avoid all of them!!"  

Rachel Vette
101 supporters