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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
111,067 supporters
Petitioning Target, Walmart, Sprouts , Whole Foods, King Soopers, Safeway, Natural Grocers, Vitamin Cottage, Tony's Market, Dollar Tree

Supermarkets Need to Stop Using Plastic Bags to Save the Oceans (A Sea of Plastic: Shocking images show how bottles, bags and rubbish are choking our oceans) I would like to encourage super markets to stop using plastic bags. Plastic bags contribute greatly to the pollution of the planet. Over one trillion plastic bags are discarded annually. There is an estimated 40,000 plastic bags per square mile in the ocean. The production of plastic reached over 300 million tons in the year 2014, and is expected to rise over 200 million tons by the year 2050. Fish, oceanic mammals, and birds ingest these plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish or other substances. The bags fill their intestines and stomachs and give the ocean organisms a full feeling. The animals no longer wish to eat anything and eventually die of starvation. It is a slow and painful death for them. (The Great Pacific Garbage Patch- Explainer) The goal of this petition is to end the use of plastic bags in supermarkets all together. Other environmentally friendly alternatives can be used. In certain states a charge for the usage of plastic bags is in place. States like California for example charge a 10 cent fee for every plastic bag needed. Charging a fee for the use of plastic bags has shown results, but the environmental issue still stands strong. The oceans are still filled with millions of floating plastic bags. People should be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags to the supermarkets. A partial solution stands for the reduction of the use of plastic bags. Biodegradable bags have recently been created. However, several problems linger with these biodegradable plastics. The plastics require specific environmental conditions to break down. Some of the plastics also contain toxins that are harmful to the environment. Even though the plastics are biodegradable, they still linger in the sea and on land for hundreds of years. Plastic bags in our canals, rivers, and oceans are a huge problem, that will not be solved overnight. However, substantial steps can be taken in order to prevent further damage of our environment and the organisms which live within it. (How we Can Keep Plastic out of the Ocean- National Geographic) There are two directions which could be taken in order to prevent any further pollution. The first, less expensive option, is encouraging people to start using reusable, biodegradable bags. The use of plastic bags in supermarkets would be eliminated. If plastic bags were taken away from super markets, people would be required to use their own bags. The second option for the destruction of plastic bags is biodegradable starch bags. They are renewable and can be composted along with other materials. The starch bags can decompose entirely. These starch bags are labeled ‘EN13432’. This code is put on all products which have been verified as non-harming products. They can biodegrade at the same rate as home compost or within 60 days in a commercial compost system. These starch bags are being tested in countries which have had the greatest effect on plastic pollution such as Indonesia.   Supermarkets should have two available options for consumers. The first being starch bags being provided at the customers expense. Each bag would cost several cents for the consumer. The second option is that consumers shall use their own reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags will eliminate waste almost completely and do not require to be decomposed at home or commercially. If we want our children to grow up and continue to enjoy the beauty of the oceans, change must be made. If we want to grow up in a better, cleaner world, plastic bags must be taken away from super markets. The elimination of plastic bags will save the oceans of the earth over 4 trillion pounds each year.        Links to sources related to my topic-  

Sasha Borovok
19,548 supporters
Petitioning Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Boyan Slat, U.S. House of Representatives, Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Theresa May MP

Get rid of usage of plastic bags in all supermarkets in NYC

ProblemThough grocery stores and supermarkets such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's use recyclable paper bags for people to carry, many other supermarkets still use plastic bags as a cheaper and easier way for people to carry their groceries. According to Waste Management, only 1 percent of plastic bags are returned for recycling. That means that the average family only recycles 15 bags a year; the rest ends up in landfills as litter. Up to 80 percent of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.Every minute, one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. Yearly, a colossal 1.4 billion pounds of trash ends up in our beautiful oceans.Every second, a massive amount of 160,000 plastic bags are being produced and used. By the end of this year, we will have used 5 billion plastic bags. According to The World Count of these 5 billion bags, 5 million of them will make their way into the ocean either indirectly due to things like poor waste management, or directly by people who unfortunately do not know the significant consequences to the environment from their actions.SolutionWe can start with only a few supermarkets and eventually go mainstream, but in the end the goal is to pass a bill - a long term plastic waste plan - so all grocery stores and supermarkets in New York City, New York State and maybe even all of America provide recyclable paper bags. These supermarkets can also offer canvas bags and totes for other people to buy that they can use to carry their groceries home. The ultimate solution, not to trash in the ocean but to plastic bags in supermarkets, is to make all supermarket bags recyclable or compostable - before it's too late. This will make the bags more environment friendly and make it easier to recycle or reuse them, as well as possibly even motivate New Yorkers to come together to remind people to reuse, recycle and reduce, to save the environment and solve this problem.

Dasha Smirnova
7,424 supporters
Petitioning Press Response

Village Voice Advertisers: Pull Advertisement until 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, 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

Lily Munroe
4,801 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods

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     

David Ingber
3,638 supporters
Petitioning Sainsbury, Waitrose, asda, Whole Foods, Costco Wholesale, Marks & Spencer, Iceland, aldi, Lidl UK, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Animal Health and Welfare Board for England, Safe...

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  

Lydia O'Dowd
3,502 supporters
Petitioning Whole Foods

Whole Foods: Stop using toxic receipts

Did you know that most receipts used by major retailers contain chemicals linked to infertility and cancer? Working at, we're right across the street from Whole Foods and eat there every day. We're concerned that while many of us make an effort not to buy products with chemicals like BPA, companies still hand them out every day at the cash register. Join us in calling on Whole Foods to stop using receipts with BPA or BPS in them. Last year, a study by the Ecology Center revealed that 93% of receipts from major retailers and restaurant chains tested positive for BPA or BPS, chemicals which interact with estrogen and thyroid hormone receptors have been linked to infertility, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more. The two of us go to Whole Foods every day for lunch, and see cashiers and customers handling these dangerous chemicals. Every time someone holds a receipt, these chemicals are absorbed into their bloodstream through the skin. Whole Foods describes itself as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and claims to be a long-time leader on limiting chemicals like BPA, yet still prints receipts with BPS in them. Best Buy has already switched to non-phenol receipts and Trader Joe’s has vowed to switch over by the end of 2018. Setting an even-higher bar, companies like Apple, GNC, and In-N-Out solely offer digital receipts. These receipts are bad for our health, and bad for the environment. Tell Whole Foods to live up to its name, and stop using receipts with BPS.

Erica and Jaime
3,405 supporters