Petition to Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Sue hayman
Keep British food safe after Brexit!
When we leave the EU there’s a serious risk of dangerous synthetic hormones in American beef entering our food supply. Shoppers could be left in the dark about the cancer-linked hormones seeping into our diet. This is why I’m calling on the government to officially commit to ensuring that the UK’s food standards are not weakened after Brexit - or raised even higher. In the USA, almost all beef cattle receive hormone supplements, implanted under their skin. There are six hormones used in the US and elsewhere that are banned in the EU for health reasons - including at least one that is judged to be a significant cancer risk. I’ve spent decades researching and writing about food policy in the UK, and I co-authored a report on the risks of hormone-treated beef post-Brexit. We found that there’s a serious risk the UK will lower our food standards to secure a trade deal with the USA - introducing an unnecessary and unacceptable risk to our public health. It could also increase animal suffering by opening the door to high-intensity beef production systems that are associated with overcrowding, poor cattle handling and heat stress. Allowing hormone-reared beef could also mean that EU Member States would stop buying British beef as hormone-treated beef would remain unlawful there. Regardless of what kind of Brexit deal we end up with - the British people deserve the highest food standards. So we want both the Environment Minister and the shadow Environment Minister to provide written statements committing to upholding current standards. Leaving the EU must not mean that food standards decline and the British public are exposed to dangerous hormones. Please sign my petition calling on the government and opposition to make a long-term commitment to maintain, or raise, current food standards.
Petition to Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Health and Saftey Executive, UK Parliament
SAVE THE BEES: ban the use of chemical pesticides in public spaces & plant flowers instead
ProblemBee decline since the late 1990s has become a serious problem. Beekeepers around the world have noticed unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies, and unfortunately, this is not all about a decline in the availability of honey. Bees are key to food production, as they are vital in the pollination of crops. One-third of the food we eat depends on pollinating insects, and in Europe alone, 4,000 vegetables depend on insect pollination. If this trend of decline continues, crop yield, which already faces a multitude of challenges, will diminish further. The UK is falling behind in the fight to protect these indispensable species. Since 2010 there has been a 45% loss of commercial honeybees in the UK. The UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides, although conscious of risks to water quality and plant protection, ironically fails to acknowledge the need to protect insects, who are vital in the protection of plant species. This plan fails to prevent pesticides from being used in public spaces. When an area is sprayed with more pesticides, agricultural structural elements are lost, and insects vanish. As such, more needs to be done to prevent this and protect the invaluable species of bees before it's too late.SolutionCities like Amsterdam might have found the solution. Like the rest of the world, it's bee population has been in steep decline. However, since 2000, whilst this trend has continued for the rest of the world, Amsterdam's bee population has risen by 40%. Planting native flowers in public spaces (such as in parks and on street corners), installing insect homes across the city, and introducing a ban on the use of chemical pesticides in public spaces has enabled Amsterdam's bee population to bloom.The UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides does not include such a prohibition on the use of chemical pesticides, only: "in certain areas (including public spaces and conservation areas) that the amount used and frequency of use is as low as reasonably practicable."If we are truly committed to saving bees, the species which uphold so much of our wildlife and food production, we need to take this further and ban the use of chemical pesticides in public spaces and provide bees with an environment in which they can thrive. Our lives depend on theirs.
Petition to The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, The Prime Minister of India
Fight back hunger
India is a country of 134 crore people. With a big divide in the rich and poor, about 100 lakh people die from hunger or hunger-related diseases every year and more than 20 crores will sleep without food tonight. At the same time, we waste food worth Rs. 244 crore every day. So do the math yourself. If somehow we save and channel one-third of wasted food to the poor and homeless we can ensure all of them can sleep with their bellies full. We have to demand the government to form a body that regulates, controls or manages food wastage and channels them to the needy. We need strict regulations on throwing away packaged/good quality food. Think about it. Sources - Economic Times, WHO and bhookh.com
Petition to Reliance Fresh, Mr Damodar Mall, Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail
Reliance Fresh, Draft & Publish a Zero Food Waste Policy across stores
Ever looked into the eyes of a hungry child when they seek food, unable to withstand hunger? I have seen that look many a time and it breaks my heart each and every time. ‘India wastes enough food to feed a state the size of Bihar for a whole year’. This means that just the amount of food that we waste can feed over 11 crores or 110 million people every day for 12 months! Most of us reading this are fortunate enough to have hot nutritious meals. We also celebrate World Food Day and World Environment Day every year. Food Waste is a serious issue and represents serious consequences for a country like India. Over 194 million Indians suffer from hunger and close to 1.3 million children lose their lives to hunger in India every year as a result of food being scarce, unaffordable and inaccessible among other reasons. India produces enough food (Approx 270 million tonnes) to meet the needs (Approx 230 million tonnes) of all the citizens. But 40% of the food grown is lost and wasted. This is why I am urging Reliance Fresh, a national level fresh foods and groceries retailer with hundreds of stores across India, to draft and publish a Zero Food Waste Policy that it will implement across its stores. SIGN my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste. Many times, foods that are perfectly safe to consume (even if past best before dates) and fresh fruit and veg that are not 'looking perfect and fresh' get tossed into the garbage bin or returned to the vendor for destruction. This can be avoided if the company creates a policy and implements steps to donate such food. Foods that are unsafe to consume (those that are past their expiry dates) can always be sent for composting instead of sending them to landfills and further burdening Mother Nature. Growing fresh food requires plenty of precious environmental resources- water, energy, fertile soil etc. Let us not forget the hard labour our farmers put in! Processing this food into food products and transporting it to our neighbourhood supermarkets also utilises resources and creates a lot of carbon footprint. Neither Reliance Fresh's website nor any of their stores have any information visibly available on the quantity of food waste generated. The sustainability commitment published on the website of Reliance Industries Limited also makes no mention of how food waste is being managed. As a customer, I only buy as much food as I need for my family and ensure that food waste is minimal at home. I would expect the brands & companies I invest in, to be equally responsible with respect to their commitment towards our community and our limited natural resources. I am conscious of the reach of Reliance Fresh and also of the work Reliance foundation, the CSR division of Reliance Industries Ltd undertakes. I sincerely hope that they look into this issue at the earliest and commit to #FightFoodWaste across our nation. Given its vast reach and presence, I urge Reliance Fresh to take the lead in fighting food wastage by drafting and publishing its Zero Waste Food Policy. Sign my petition and voice your support to #FightFoodWaste. A well thought out Food Waste Policy when implemented, can not only help save our environment but can also end hunger and malnourishment. Picture Credits: Reuters, based on businessworld.in article.
Petition to McDonald's
Make McDonald's breakfast menu all-day
Currently, McDonald's breakfast menu only extends until 10:30 am. It should instead be served all-day. Not only would it be a sensible business choice, it would also attract late-risers, who can't experience the delights of McDonald's breakfast menu. I like food. I really like food. So much so that I dream of a world in which McDonald's serve breakfast all day, allowing fresh hashbrowns and juicy bacon rolls to be served not only when I'm driving through town, half-asleep in the early hours, but also late at night, when I'm half-asleep from a long day at work. And in this dream, McMuffins in their millions are sold as mid-day snacks, lunch time meals, for dinner, for tea, for supper. This is dream which McDonald's has the power to make a reality. I plead to all of you: support this dream.