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Petition to Kraft Foods, Miguel Patricio, Michael Mullen, Caroline Krajewski, Eric Palmer

Kraft a Better BOCA and Ditch Dairy!

As a staple at cookouts, on camping trips, and on restaurant menus nationwide, Kraft Heinz’ BOCA brand has long been a household name at the forefront of the meatless market. But while other veggie burger brands have embraced the soaring demand for dairy-free dining in recent years, the majority of the BOCA burgers and bowls lining grocery store shelves still contain unhealthy, cruelly produced cow’s milk.In 2009, BOCA took a major, promising step forward by committing to dropping all eggs from its line after hearing from tens of thousands of consumers who were hungry for fully plant-based burgers through a campaign by Compassion Over Killing and other organizations. Yet today, although BOCA has recognized that “consumers are increasingly looking for plant-based options,” most of its meatless products contain cow’s milk. Join us in telling parent company Kraft Heinz that it’s time to ditch the dairy and make BOCA an all-vegan brand!At least 60 percent of adults worldwide can’t digest cow’s milk. Millions more are cutting out milk not only for their own health, but also for the environment and for animals, who, as a recent Compassion Over Killing investigative video exposed, suffer a systematic cycle of cruelty in the dairy industry. On factory farms, dairy cows are impregnated by artificial insemination year after year; each newborn calf is taken from them shortly after birth so their milk can be sold for humans; and when their exhausted bodies can no longer produce milk, these mother cows are sent to slaughter because they’re no longer considered profitable.As more and more Americans turn away from cow’s milk, dairy alternatives are flying off the shelves, with sales projected to reach $35 billion by 2024. To meet the meat-free, dairy-free demand, brands like Gardein, the Bill Gates-backed Beyond Meat, and Field Roast are already producing completely vegan burger lines, and even fast food giants like White Castle are dishing up plant-based patties. After hearing from consumers, meatless brand Lightlife also jumped aboard in 2017, announcing its transition to a 100% vegan line. If Lightlife can do it, why can’t BOCA?A new report by international restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman has named plant-based dining as the 2018 trend of the year, citing factors like a 257% increase between 2012 and 2016 in vegan-labeled food and drink products at grocery stores. BOCA is falling behind in this plant-based revolution--but it can reposition itself as an industry leader in this rapidly growing market by dropping dairy for good.Join us today in telling Kraft Heinz that consumers are craving an all-vegan BOCA brand, and it’s time to ditch the dairy! 

Compassion Over Killing
48,080 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Brian Cornell, Jennifer Silberman, Brian Lannan, Doug Baker, George Barrett, Ken Salazar, Melissa McLean, Monica Lozano, Henrique De Castro, Dmitri Stockton, Melanie Healey, Lisa Boyd

Target, Stop Filling the World with Plastic Bags!

We, Target customers, ask Target to eliminate plastic bags. We understand this won’t be convenient to us, but it is time to act. For those of us who also shop at Costco or IKEA, we know we can survive without plastic bags.  2 million single-use plastic bags are consumed every minute. These bags often wind up in waterways and our landscape, degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny toxic bits. These bags have a massive carbon footprint.  Switching to paper is not the answer. The carbon footprint of paper bags is even bigger. Paper production uses trees that could instead be absorbing carbon dioxide, releases more greenhouse gases, takes 3 times the amount of water, and results in 50 times more water pollutants. We can bring our own bags. If Target provides bags for purchase, we ask it to charge a meaningful amount because this approach works. Plastic bag use fell by 90% in Ireland following a plastic bag tax of 37 cents. In Australia, 2 major retailers led by eliminating plastic bags in their stores and the country reduced plastic bag use by 80% in 3 months. In Los Angeles county, a plastic bag ban with a charge on paper bags reduced single bag use by 95%. Target’s current 5 cent discount for those bringing bags does not meaningfully curb Target’s plastic bag consumption.  We want Target to act swiftly. Target’s plastic bags are choking the earth. 

Customers Who Care
402,740 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Peter A. DeFazio, Richard Anderson, Peter Wilander

Tell Amtrak and Congress We Want Dining Car Service To Remain On All Long Distance Trains.

By an Act of Congress under H.R. Bill 749 the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, and passing Federal Code 49 USC Ch. 24321 Amtrak Food and Beverage Reform, which stipulated that Amtrak must at least break even on food and beverage service during FY2020. Although Congress did not say how to accomplish this, AMTRAK management headed by Mr. Richard Anderson, CEO and President of Amtrak eliminated the traditional dining car service on long distance trains east of the Mississippi River, except for the Auto Train on October 01, 2019. Those trains affected are the Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Crescent, and Silver Meteor. Traditional dining car service on two other east coast trains was cut last year. The traditional dining service will remain for now on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, as well as the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. Although it is the consensus of various sources that "Contemporary Dining" will be instituted nationwide, perhaps except for the Acela and the Northeast Corridor. The reason for this move is to cut costs by eliminating the dining car staff and the traditional dining car meals and replacing it with "Contemporary Dining" and a new Enhanced Flexible Dining menu, yet still offer complimentary food and beverages to sleeping car passengers according to Amtrak. They also unjustly put the blame on the millennials for wanting this change of menu and not being in favor of shared table seating in the diners. Amtrak will offer this new complimentary menu, but as of this writing it is not available to coach passengers, although it is supposed to be offered to coach in 2020. These are pre-packaged meals prepared off-site that would be heated if necessary and available to sleeping car passengers only. They arrive onboard in cellophane wrappers, plastic lids and aluminum covers, to be unwrapped and served on the accompanying reusuable trays. However, some passengers have noted that they received the meals still wrapped, emphasizing their frustration with the presentation. Gone are the traditional meals we enjoyed as we watched the rolling countryside from our dining car table's window; the Amtrak exclusives like railroad french toast, flat iron steaks, crab cakes, desserts, etc. We feel that if certain passengers would enjoy the new to go entree options, they should have that right. Equally so, if other passengers including myself and the supporters of this petition would rather sit in the dining car and order from the menu, a fresh cooked to order meal on plates with silverware and linen tablecloths and napkins. While some may wish to buy snacks or light food items from the Café car. All three options have their place on an overnight train or one of at least 500 miles. It should be noted that the Contemporary Dining menu meals appear to be unhealthy. For example, the Red Wine Braised Beef is 490 calories with 250 calories from fat, 28 grams total fat of which 13 grams is saturated fat, and a whopping 2340 grams of sodium which is 102% of one's daily recommended dose based on a 2000 calorie diet. Other entrees are equally high in sugar, fats, sodium or carbohydrates. Amtrak notes that sleeping car and coach passengers may continue to purchase snacks and food items from the Café car. Coach passengers would be able to purchase snacks and limited food items from the Café cars for dining or provide for their own meals onboard, or until such time coach is allowed to buy the new meals, and or if traditional dining is reinstated. At the very least, with the discontinuation of the traditional dining car service, coach passengers should be able to purchase the same flexible dining choices as the sleeping car passengers, and have the option to use the dining or lounge cars to eat, other than at their seat. Since the institution of the Enhanced Flexible Dining menu passengers have noted that the Café cars are running out of items mid-trip leaving few choices and hungry travelers. On October 01, 2019 a 100 year plus tradition of meals cooked onboard and served in the dining cars will end; the midwest and west coast trains are sure to follow, although Amtrak has stated not as of now. And so will national rail travel as we know it, unless we speak up and be heard. Photograph: National Railroad Passenger Corp. d/b/a Amtrak Note: Results of this survey and comments will be made available to multiple decision makers in Congress including Peter A. DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Sub-Committee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the U.S. House of Representatives. Gene ArensonNARP MemberRail Passenger Advocate Started: Aug.12, 2019Revised: Oct.14, 2019

Gene Arenson
118,441 supporters