food safety

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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to New Orleans City Council

Growing Green in New Orleans - Amend the New Orleans CZO to Help Urban Farmers

Help New Orleans Grow Greener! Neighborhoods in New Orleans are literally growing greener every day – with urban farms developing on blighted properties, empty side lots and even rooftops. People are interested and excited about urban farming to provide new jobs, more access to fresh food and green spaces in the city. However, in New Orleans, it is difficult for urban farmers to find space for long term use, and recent changes in city code are unintentionally preventing farms from being built and expanding. It should be easy for urban farmers to provide their services to our community, but some local laws stand in the way. Will YOU Support Urban Farms?? Stand up for our farms and farmers by asking your city council representative to amend the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, so we can help farmers provide the goods and services that this city needs! These are some of the benefits urban farms provide us: ·      Public Health – More Access to Healthy Fresh Food o   Millions of Americans and nearly 100,000 New Orleanians struggle to have enough to eat. Urban farms can be a great resource for those who lack access to fresh healthy food. ·      Economy – Generation of Local Revenue o  Urban farms generate job and volunteer opportunities through the creation of small businesses. Farmers sell their locally grown products to their community members, which develops a new cycle of local revenue. As people spend more money locally, this results in economic growth. ·      Environment – Improving Our World: o   The cultivation of more plants in a city could improve air quality by nearly 40 percent. o  Buying local produce can lower the use of fuel to refrigerate and transport food to our city. This also helps us reduce our packaging as the food has a short commute to our plates.    ·      Community – A Community that Grows Together: o   Blighted property has been known to act as a magnet for crime. Putting abandoned and vacant lots to use and involving community members with the upkeep of those sites has been shown to decrease crime. o  Neighbors that get involved with urban agriculture have reported that tensions are down and a feeling of connectivity is up.   Sign our petition today to let the New Orleans City Council know we need our urban farms and farmers for fresh local food, more green spaces and a stronger local economy!

Asti Davis
13 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Bob Miller, Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons , Rodney McMullen, Kroger Customer Service, Kroger Sustainability Department, Safeway Customer Service

Kroger and Albertsons: Get toxic BPA out of canned food

Did you know that eating canned soup or cooking with canned tomatoes could expose your family to the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA)? A recent report released by the Mind the Store Campaign and other NGOs found this hormone-disrupting chemical in the majority of canned foods tested on store shelves. Tell Kroger and Albertsons to get it off their shelves and switch to a safe substitute! BPA has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, and diabetes.  It’s been removed from baby products and many reusable water bottles but it’s still in the plastic lining of lots of cans. It has no place in our food. Study after study has shown that BPA leaches from packaging into food and gets into our bodies. It’s especially harmful to the most vulnerable among us—young children and babies in the womb. Studies have linked kids’ BPA exposure to obesity, asthma and ADHD. Kroger and Albertsons, the biggest grocery chains in the U.S., have the power and a moral responsibility to get this toxic chemical off their shelves.  Together, they own over 5,000 stores across the country, including subsidiaries like Safeway, Fred Meyer, Acme, Shaw's and Harris Teeter. Kroger pledged to stop using BPA in food cans in 2011 but five years later, it's still in use. Albertsons has also made commitments to act on BPA, but it’s still in their cans. According to the report BPA Buyer Beware, 62 percent of Kroger "generic" cans tested contained BPA and 50 percent of Albertsons and Safeway brand cans analyzed tested positive. Meanwhile, some other leading brands like Amy’s and Con Agra Foods have already completely eliminated BPA from their can linings.  Even small doses of BPA have been found to affect health - it doesn’t belong in the food our kids eat. Tell Kroger and Albertsons to get it off their shelves and switch to a safe substitute! Together we can get big grocery retailers to safeguard our health and get unnecessary toxic chemicals like BPA out of the food supply.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
46,894 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Janet Woodcock, M.D.

Make listing all ingredients in a product mandatory

Who do you know with an allergy? Is it a friend or family member? If not, you must have at least heard about what deadly allergies can do to people. Anaphylactic shock is a type of severe allergic reaction. Common allergies are to animals, bug bites, foods, and chemicals in drugs. People with allergies that are serious, and even life threatening, have to constantly be on alert. Common allergies, like nuts and shellfish, are listed on menus and on packaging for foods that contain these items. But what about less common allergens? I, for one, am allergic to cinnamon. Throughout my experience, I've been questioned about whether or not it's a legitimate allergy. It's less common than being allergic to a bee sting, that's for sure.  Avoiding my allergen isn't as easy as one would think, mostly because it's unlisted in the ingredient list of many foods. The phrases "mixed herbs and spices" and "natural and artificial flavors" are the bane of my existence, because for me, it's a gamble. Either I take the chance that there isn't cinnamon, and I get lucky, or I end up panicking as my throat swells.  When I go to get a coffee at Wawa, Starbucks, or some other restaurant, and I ask if there's a specific ingredient, the employee should be able to easily locate the ingredient list and tell me whether or not the allergen is present. Large companies can get away with listing the common allergies, and main ingredients. But for people with lesser known allergies, and who have severe reactions, unnamed ingredients could mean a visit to the emergency room.  What I want is for every ingredient in food, drugs, and bodily care products like soaps, shampoos, and bath bombs, to be listed. Labels like "mixed herbs and spices" and "natural and artificial flavors" are doing nothing to help, and are incredibly vague. I believe all ingredients should be listed, no matter how small. For some people, this is a matter of life and death.

Christa Anony
228 supporters