We seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.
We seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.
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 UglyFruitandVeg.org. 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
Benefits of Regulating Grocery Store Food Waste
Ever thought about where food goes once it’s thrown in the trash? Normally, people don’t give a second thought to what goes into their trash cans. The trash cans get pushed to the curb, to be taken away, so it’s never to be seen or smelled ever again. In America, 40% of America’s food supply goes directly into the dumpster untouched and uneaten. Food waste can be meats, organic foods, canned goods, and all stages of the food supply chain or value chain. From Los Angeles to New York City, 35 million tons of unused food is thrown away. That's enough to feed Denver for ten weeks straight and almost one hundred Empire State buildings made of food. American grocery stores are targeted for food waste because their desire is to sell the most enticing looking produce and to throw out less desirable, yet tastes the same, produce. These practices among the grocery stores make them more wasteful than the consumer’s themselves. American grocery stores should have a strict policy on food waste for unused food produce. This food could feed thousands of Americans that go hungry everyday. Food waste harms environment health due to decay and rot, in which the U.S. government has to put funding toward, to properly dispose of this waste. A food waste policy will help with vast amount of money that goes to waste in American grocery stores. In the article by American Public Media, 40% of all food from our grocery stores never make it into the kitchen table at a cost of 165 billion dollars annually, and that’s only in the United States. In the world we all waste 750 billion dollars. America is the top area in waste food, next to China, Japan, and England. American grocery stores are aimed for the food waste policy, is because the production to retailing is more wasteful than the consumer. France became the first nation to have a food waste policy: unused food thrown in the dumpster isn't allowed. Before the French had their policy they threw away 20-30 million dollars in wasted food. France became the first nation in the world to ban supermarkets from wasting food under a new policy this past year. French grocery stores also sell their organic produce that is misshapen, discolored, and “isn’t pretty to the eye” for half the price. If America used the same policy, the policy would help with our financial problem. If a food waste policy was placed like the French Waste policy Americans will save billions of dollars. Poverty would decrease if America placed a food waste policy. The problem with America’s food system is that America wastes so much food, but yet Americans still go hungry. According to Elizabeth Royte of National Geographic, “1:7 American households have trouble putting food on the table at some point during the year.” “Poverty is a reality in America, just as it is for millions of other human beings on the planet. 35.9 million people live below the poverty line in America, including 12.9 million children. This is despite abundance of food resources. Almost 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in America each year. Even though America doesn’t have a policy on food waste to help with the poverty issue, some groups around the U.S are making a difference. Reported by Randy Mason of Public Media, a team of volunteers arrives at this small farm in Kansas City, Kansas is starting a Gleaning program. Gleaning is gathering leftover grain or other produce after a harvest. The group picks unharvested lettuce and other crops that might otherwise never be picked and wastes in the fields. Their group donates 3-4 hundred pounds of vegetables and fruits every Sunday. At the University of Arkansas another aspect of food waste is being addressed- leftovers from restaurants and cafeterias. It's another gleaning program, a group called "RazorBack Recovery" is saving salads, sandwiches, and baked goods from dining halls and retail sites are taking the unused new to food pantries instead of throwing them away to the dump. Food waste in America causes serious environmental health issues. When food waste is brought to landfills the unused foods sits there and rots creating gases that are unhealthy for the Earth. Wasting tons of food causes huge economic losses and a lot of needless hunger, but there are climate environmental issues deeply connected to food waste, from a study report from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use. The carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten is estimated at 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases: making food wastage the third top GHG emitter after the United States and China. Pound for Pound of food goes into landfills across the country than any other source of waste. The problem to having unused food in a landfill, it creates methane gas which is more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane is a very common greenhouse gas emitted by wetlands and livestock. It is also released into the atmosphere by human activities and natural gas sources. It is colorless and odorless. It may be dangerous in heavy concentrations and confined spaces, as it may be explosive if it comes into contact with an open flame. A discovery from farmers in America, say methane gas may not be a bad issue. In Alaska's landfills, before the waste turns into methane gas in the fields. Nebraska’s gas companies take the waste and turns it into useful energy. If America grocery stores were to have a policy on food waste, the effects would help with some of America’s vital issues. The policy would save America billions of dollars that are lost every year, it would help with the earth’s environmental health, and it would help American poverty. America should place a policy on food waste because there are so many overall benefits for each and every person in our country. If each person just starts making cautious decisions in what they throw away, this can be the start of making a significant difference in our country and the world. Thank you.
Pull Waking Life Espresso's Flash Chilled Coffee Off The Shelves
It has recently come to light that the owners of West Asheville coffee shop Waking Life Espresso have been publishing an online blog, twitter account, and podcasts chronicling their sexual exploits with women in our town, complete with a list Jared Rutledge compiled of every woman he's ever slept with with a score and description of the "conquest." There are a vast range of sexist, misogynistic, and racist posts from the Twitter account. The blog and twitter have since been deleted, but nothing is ever really deleted from the internet, now is it? Archival blog posts can be find here, tweets and podcasts can be accessed here, and an article about the situation via AshevilleBlog.com can be found here. Jared's attempt at a statement later in the day after the article was spread shows admittance of guilt, and is so disingenuous he has the nerve to mention he "thought it would stay anonymous." Our town does not support such people. This has been shown in the outcry of rage and hurt we have seen and by the people who gathered outside their place of business to protest. We are asking that you pull their products from your shelves and no longer support Waking Life Espresso in any way, shape, or form. They have lost the trust and support of their community through actions of their own, and we sincerely hope you feel the same.
Village Voice Advertisers: Pull Advertisement until Backpage.com Adult Section is Shut Down
Companies who have dropped Village Voice Media: Starbucks, Macy's, Crown Imports, MillerCoors, AT&T, LiveNation, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC Film Forum, High Times, Children's Wish Foundation International, Relativity Media, REI, American Airlines, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Buddy Stubbs, Harley Davidson, Harkins Theatre, Park Avenue Church, Carnegie Hall, NY Public Radio, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, IKEA, Miami Dolphins, H&M, Best Buy, T-Mobile, US Bank, LG, ASPCA, SF MOMA, IHOP, Lincoln Center, Guggenheim Museum, Seattle Art Museum ------------- On Backpage.com, there are countless adults and minors being trafficked every day through the ads posted. Traffickers may falsify photos, ages, and certainly identity, or have other adults or minors 'available' as an addition or alternative to the person posted. It is extremely easy for them to circumvent any existing and lacking laws and policies that prohibit this. Although Village Voice cooperates with police with investigation, there are so few that are actually captured per the hundreds of adults and children that are exploited every single night, who are forced to suffer through 5 to 20 acts of intruisive, illlicit sexual acts, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (minus days where the victim has been too ill or injured from abuse to perform). I'm addressing this to the following top advertisers: American Apparel, Cirque de Soleil, Disney, Lululemon, Warner Brothers, Whole Foods, LA Philharmonic, foursquare and Hooters. Each advertiser addressed in this is considered prominent among Village Voice supporters and in America at large. You all make such an impact on our society, our culture. With that influence comes grave responsibility. Your decisions impact thousands of people every day. This not only includes your products, but also the principles you stand on and advocate. So, I urge you to consider, in the comfort of the fruit of your labors, those who have been forced into a life of modern day sexual slavery. You, from right where you are, have the opportunity to make a vital impact on their lives, their futures. You will be able to say that you and your company has good moral conscience for the well-being of all, and you will have stood up for those who can't stand up for themselves. As an avid movie-goer enjoying Warner Brothers and Disney pictures so many times, I would be more than proud to say that you all took a stand for these precious ones, and I would certainly be a far more reaching advertiser for you in the process!! What do you say? This is an amazing opportunity, not only for you, but most importantly for these adults and children. Tell Village Voice respectfully that you cannot support a website that is a seedbed of facilitating the exploitation of your and our sisters and children. Many blessings to you and favor upon your company for years to come as you take this to heart and make the decision to pull advertisement until Village Voice pulls Backpage.com.
Stop Marc Gafni from Abusing Again
For the sake of the truth. For the sake of those whose voices have been silenced for too long. For the sake of those who have been needlessly hurt. For the sake of those who may be... if we don’t act now. We, the undersigned, have been made aware of the many, repeated and serious allegations, both public and private, former and recent, against Marc (Mordechai) Gafni that violate the ethical standards and sacred responsibility which governs the relationship between religious teacher and student. The Jewish tradition teaches us that the pursuit of justice obligates us to not stand idly by when a fellow human being is in danger, whether that danger be physical, spiritual or psychological. We do not constitute a panel of judges nor do we seek retribution. As a group of religious and communal leaders, we are motivated by the obligation embedded in the belief that whoever saves a single life, it is as if they have saved a whole world. Marc Gafni has left a trail of pain, suffering, and trauma amongst the people and congregations who were unfortunate to have trusted him. He has abused his extraordinary intellectual gifts and charisma to harm many who came to him in search of spiritual guidance and teaching. He has used professional alliances to legitimize himself by association, and thereby be able to continue creating more harm. As a result Marc Gafni is neither trusted, respected, nor welcome to teach virtually anywhere in Judaism. In community after community, those who have trusted him have had their trust betrayed. Some of those who sign here were severely mislead and even once defenders of Gafni's integrity only to see that we too had been deceived. For decades now, Gafni has behaved in ways that violate every ethical and legal standard known to us; his misdeeds go far beyond what was reported in the New York Times. Recognizing we are part of one humanity who must protect one another, we share this statement in order to prevent future harm to those who may be exposed to him, and as a protest against any individuals, organizations, or institutions that support or endorse him as a teacher or leader. Complicity in giving Gafni a platform is a violation of our tradition's highest ethical and moral standards: "Justice, Justice shall you pursue" and "Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor." We, along with all who sign this petition, stand together with those who were his victims and call upon those who support Marc (Mordechai) Gafni to cut all financial and institutional ties with him. Today, we stand together in saying ‘Enough! No More’ to the trail of pain and poison of one who teaches spirituality but acts with absolute disregard for those teachings. Signed in solidarity, Rabbi Aaron Alexander Rabbi Rachel Barenblatt Rabbi Mordechai Bar-On Rabbi Samuel Barth Adam Berman, Executive Director of Urban Adamah Rabbi Phyllis Berman Rabbi Saul J. Berman Susan Berrin, editor-in-chief, Sh'ma Rabbi Noah Benjamin Bickart Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton Esther Sadie Brandon Rabbi Gil Brociner Rabbi Sharon Brous Rabbi Meredith Cahn Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Rabbi Menachem Creditor David Curiel Rabbi Tova Dodi Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi Rabbi Josh Feigelson Shir Yaakov Feit Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Rabbi Donna Friedman Rabbi Pamela Frydman Rabbi Ruth Gan-Kagan Rabbi Jonah Geffen Rabbi Jordie Gerson Rabbi Dr. Laura Gold Rabbi Shefa Gold Rabbi Dan Goldblatt Rabbi Yosef Goldman Rabbi Owen Gottlieb Rabbi Ben Goldstein Rabbi Sam Gordon Rabbi Victor Gross Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman Steven Hassan Rabbi Joel Hecker Rabbi Shai Held Rabbi Jacob Herber Rabbi Jason Herman Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann Rabbi David Hoffman Rabbi T'mimah Audrey Ickovits Eve Ilsen Rabbi David A. Ingber Rabbi Shaya Isenberg Stephanie Ives Rabbi Jill Jacobs Michael Kagan Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster Rabbi David Kalb Reb Zusha Kalet Rabbi Min Kantrowitz Rabbi Sam Kaste lRabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Rabbi Rachel Kobrin Rabbi Deb Kolodny Rabbi Claudia Kreiman Lorelai Kude Dr.Yehuda Kurtzer Rabbi Daniel Landes Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Amichai Lau-Lavie Rabbi Ebn Leader Rabbi Mordechai Leibling Naomi Less Rabbi Martin Levson Rabbi Rebecca Lillian Rabbi Dov Linzer Rabbi Dr. Shaul Magid Kay Magilavy, Treasurer, Afikei Ruah (Formerly American Friends of Bayit Chadash) Rabbi Paula Marcus Rabbi Jeffrey Marker Rabbi David Markus Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson Rabbi Diana Miller Rabbi Jason Miller Rabbi Leana Moritt Jacob Ner-David Rabbi Jen Newmark Rabbi Mark Novak Rabbi Yael Ridberg Rhonda Rosenheck Rabbi Michael Ross Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg Nigel Savage, CEO of Hazon Basya Schechter Shoshana Schechter-Shaffin, Executive Director of ALEPH Rabbi Dale Schreiber Rabbi Dr Elyse Seidner-Joseph Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser Rabbi Andy Shugerman Rabbi Karen Silberman Rabbi Brent Spodek Meira Bracha Michele Stahl Sumka Rabbi Adam Starr Bahira Sugarman Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Rabbi Moshe Waldoks Rabbi Arthur Waskow Rabbi Seth Wax Rabbi Debi Wechsler Rabbi Melissa Starr Wenig Rabbi Avi Weiss Rabbi David Zaslow Rabbi Ziona Zelazo Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman Rabbi Mishael Zion Noam Zion Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower
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!
Make vegetarian / vegan food more accessible in supermarkets. #AnimalsAreFriendsNotFood
Over a billion farm animals are slaughtered each year for human consumption. These animals are reared in terrible conditions to be slaughtered and sold to supermarkets. We are brought up from a young age to be conditioned and desensitised towards cows, pigs, chicken and sheep etc, to view them as inferior beings whose existence is purely to provide us with meat, eggs and milk. We understand it is very difficult to fully convert to a vegetarian / vegan if you are a meat lover but this campaign is here to encourage you to change and improve your diet by removing just ONE animal product from your diet a day by choosing the vegetarian / vegan alternatives. You are not only improving your health but the cruel, torturous food industry – how difficult is it to change just one food product? However.. In some supermarkets the vegetarian food section can be rather small with restricted choices. To make this change even easier for you we need to encourage supermarkets to improve their vegetarian / vegan sections and make them more accessible – SIGN this PETITION to raise awareness of the campaign and to encourage this change in supermarkets. #AnimalsAreFriendsNotFood For more information please visit our website Facebook - Animals Are Friends Not Food Twitter - @AnimalsNotFood - please use our hashtag to show your support! Instagram - @AnimalsAreFriends_NotFood
Reducing Unnecessary Plastics
There are too many plastics being used that aren't helping the environment when there are much better substitutes that we can use instead. The plastics that we are continuing to use are damaging the marine ecosystem. According to "Ocean Plastic Pollution" on biologicaldiversity.org, in Los Angeles alone, 10 metric tons of plastic are swept into the ocean every day. This is an outrageous amount, especially when you can use reusable materials as a replacement, and when people are constantly creating new products, such as a new, special biodegradable plastic. Companies are packaging natural products with plastics, even when nature has come up with its own cover. We are asking to stop this cycle of waste and production of unneeded plastics. We want to stop adding to the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which , according to "How Big Is the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"? Science vs. Myth", "is bigger than Texas—maybe twice as big as the Lone Star State, or even twice as big as the continental U.S." The Garbage Patch is almost impossible to get rid of, so we should at least stop adding to the masses of plastic by using different kinds or just being responsible. If you sign this petition, this will be sent to multiple major companies who use or wrap food products in more plastic than is needed. Becoming part of this and sharing this with any friends will make a bigger difference, and will change the world.
Boycott Whole Foods Oakland and it’s racism!!
Yet another case of blatant racism and racial profiling at another new Oakland establishment has occurred! I’ve witnessed this multiple times at different stores in Oakland, we all know we have and too often I’ve just grit my teeth and accepted that as way it has to be. But this most recent incindent involving a 13 year old child buying gifts for his mother and him being racially profiled twice in the same store over a year apart!!?? http://fiveo.us/?p=334 That means there’s an issue. I want to force Whole Foods Oakland and board members of Oakland’s developers committee to sit and have a discussion and be held accountable for this grievance against the black community. Please sign and help move this along, share it wide , give suggestions, I’ve never done something like this before but I couldn’t stay silent any longer , any help from established activists would be appreciated. We need change , I don’t know if it will happen in our lifetime but we have to try.
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.