Petition to Society
Save farmers! Save farming!
(picture credits to the respective owner) Save Farming! Save Farmers! Farming is extremely essential worldwide. It also stands as the #1 source for food, which automatically makes it an integral part of our life. You can question, then shouldn't farming be considered our top most priority? Well, that is not the case here. In our society, there is barely any respect shown towards this wonderful service that farmers do for the community. It is certainly detestable to realize that farming has always been looked down upon and given the least amount of attention in comparison to other areas of work. This ideology should definitely change. The fact that it has reached up to this point is absolutely unacceptable. Farmers have NEVER been receiving the adequate amount of money to live a prosperous life. Actually, not even a satisfactory life. Many farmers are still fighting poverty struggling to get past a day let alone a whole year. Many have committed suicide due to loss of money, very least profit, crops dying due to lack of water and/or fire and many other horrible reasons. Neduvasal is a village in Tamil Nadu, India. Currently the Neduvasal Protests Against Hydrocarbon Extraction has been on the news for a while now in India. Hydrocarbon extraction is such a deplorable act where a huge amount of chemicals are to be released on land, which eventually will damage a large portion of a district just for the sake of businesses to make money. The villagers’ in Neduvasal are frightened that it would destroy years and years of hard work and progress that has gone into agriculture. Many youngsters and farmers have been protesting for justice. This is so unfair and dishonorable for one to make such a heinous decision in the first place to execute it in a place like India, where farming has been alive for more than 5000 years. India has also been ranked second worldwide for agriculture, where 80% of the food source is from farming. Farming is crucial for living not only for farmers but also for each one of us. It is super important that we provide a solution for farmers and their respected families to lead a successful life. Solution: 1) Government can start funding farmers, at least from our tax money. 2)They could create a crop insurance. 3) They can provide free medical care and free education to the children of the farmers. 4) A "farmers card" can be given, where they have stored money inside the card to buy the essentials needed. 5) Farmers have taken loans to continue farming. Government could waive it off. There has been a lot of news about their crops dying from lack of water, materials, and money to grow their crops. Sudden fires destroy huge acres of plantations the farmers put their blood and sweat into as well. Instead of the government pouring abundance amount of money for elections and other insignificant events, they could actually start doing something valuable for the farmers. High time to take some action! The solutions listed above are just a few ideas of what possibly can lessen the problems faced by the farmers. There are so many other ways to help them! Like what? Support them. Value them. Realize the importance of these issues. Reach out. I am just a college student who is very much frustrated with the societies low place for farming and farmers. I wanted to do something. Honestly, if I am willing to help, so can you. If such awful farming conditions keep existing and growing, the future will be out of our hands. Upcoming future generations will have to suffer immensely, especially for food. I view this as an opportunity to create awareness and take an initiative. Join me and let's do this! SAVE FARMERS! SAVE FARMING!
Petition to Detroit Parks & Recreation, Detroit - District 3 Residents
HELP SAVE LIBERATED FARMS!!
Liberated Farms has been established in Hunt Park (District 3, Detroit) since April 2016. Prior to our urban agricultural efforts the park and surrounded area were grossly neglected for over a decade, as the city was unable to maintain this park with funding cuts. We took the initiative to clean & beautify the area as well as engage the neighbors to help us do the same. In two years we have hosted multiple clean up efforts, book bag giveaways, free agricultural workshops to the youth of Detroit, Michigan and boarded up multiple homes with the assistance of Erin Harris, District Manager. Now the farm risks being shut down. Liberated Farms is a community outreach effort created by a third generation member of the community. As a resident whose family is well known in the community, he has fond memories of Hunt Park, growing up and watching his family maintain the land for the children to have a safe place to play and watching its fall from grace has been heartbreaking. After leaving prison his passion became empowering the people through agricultural and youth development and he vowed then and there, starting with this park and work outwards, to clean up his neighborhood and reopen Hunt Park. This neighborhood is one of the many poverty stricken neighborhoods of Detroit, MI labeled as a "food desert" according to the Detroit Food Metrics Report, which also states that... **30,000 people do not have access to a full-line grocer / 48 percent of households are food insecure / 19 percent of Detroit children are enrolled in WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) meaning 1 in 5 children are fed through the government assistance program / 48 percent of WIC stores are liquor stores SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP US CONTINUE EFFORTS TO BRING FOOD SECURITY TO DISTRICT THREE! SIGN THIS PETITION AND HELP US SAVE LIBERATED FARMS! REFERENCE: (https://www.dropbox.com/s/10yhmcym2lm68ap/DFMR17%20Report%20120717%20FINAL.pdf?dl=0
Petition to Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Plated , Home Chef
Donate, don't dispose! End food waste of undelivered home meal kits
Fight hunger in America by demanding that meal delivery companies such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh donate undelivered meal boxes. While nearly 50 million Americans are food insecure, meal delivery companies dispose thousands of undelivered boxes daily in lieu of donating the fresh and nutritious meals. With your help, we can make massive strides in the fight against hunger by reducing distribution waste and donating meals to Americans in need.
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , slp.thommiller.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Add Food Security Policy to the SLP Comprehensive Plan for Resilient Health Equity
SLP Community Food Task Force Resolution (DRAFT PROPOSAL) Food Security at the intersection of Equity, Resiliency and Sustainability Be it resolved that the SLP Community Food Security Task Force requests that the topic of Food Security be addressed in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Be it further resolved that elected officials establish a directive akin to the "Healthy and Sustainable Food for San Francisco" Executive Directive. SLP must commit to doing all they can to improve the economic viability of food access, production and distribution in the city and school district and to increase access to and affordability of healthy food in all our neighborhoods. We must work to address barriers facing those who are Food Insecure in the 10-year Comprehensive Plan to eliminate hunger in St. Louis Park. Economic development in production and distribution of sustainable, local food access will raise health equity in our city. Our local elected officials must consider the impacts to the local food system when making decisions regarding city operations, growth management, transportation, energy, water and air quality, and economic development. Submitted by: Health in the Park Better Eating Champions: Sharon Lehrman and Lynda Enright (SNAC Member) ESC Commission (by unanimous vote), SLP SEEDS Board, Advisory Board and Interns (by unanimous vote), Park Nicollet Food Security Team, Allyson Hayward and Kelly Kramer, and Over six hundred community members, including many physicians, nutritionists, teachers and those who are or have been Food Insecure- (see petition turned in to Council, April of 2017.) SLP Vision 3.0 Values: Equity and Inclusion- Unheard voices not participating in city Vision 3.0 process, many of whom suffer Food Insecurity, deserve access to safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food as a basic human right essential to both human health and ecological sustainability. Social Connections- Food is a natural way to gather people, from cultivation to dining. Housing- Affordability and Character- Many who suffer Food Insecurity must make a choice to pay for housing, medical needs or food. Shelter in Minnesota is essential. Food and medicine are essential but often must be forgone in order to have shelter. Transit and Mobility- Access to healthful, safe food is easy for those who have the choice and/or ability to drive or bike. Access to healthful, safe food is challenging for those who do not have this choice or ability. Care and Enjoyment of the Natural Environment- When hunger disrupts one's day (at any age), care and enjoyment of the natural environment are above the means of those who suffer food insecurity. Learning environmental education through the path of growing food skills from "soil to table" supplies healthful, safe and fresh food and the skills to utilize it. Studies show environmental education helps to close the achievement gap in schools. SLP Vision 3.0 Chosen Trends: Declining Federal Gov't Effectiveness- Assistance programs have been and may be even more severely challenged in the current administration. One in four of those qualified for assistance do not take it, often due to fear of government interference in their private lives. Potential major cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will greatly affect our most vulnerable children, families and seniors. Elder Expense- A climbing number of elders are in need of assistance due to lack of good nutrition, causing disease seen in Emergency Response calls, especially at the end of the month when money runs out for food. Climate Change- Agriculture is the number one cause of Climate Change and the most difficult to assess and remediate. Urban agriculture provides strategies to cool the planet while feeding the world. Starting in our backyard and public green spaces, both can be addressed. Our focus is climate change and how food is a cause, victim and solution. The Changing Middle Class- While automation technology changes the landscape of middle class jobs, providing green job training in purposeful work supports our changing middle class. The "Green Jobs Industry" will grow exponentially in the coming decade, whether growing local food, implementing alternative energies or working to remediate and clean our land and water. Purposeful work, nutritious food and making the world a better place will help reduce the 1.6 billion dollars and work hours lost due to food-related chronic health challenges facing our society. SLP Vision 3.0 Recommendations: Develop Creative Housing Solutions- Affordable housing must include the ability to eat healthfully. New housing should include communal garden space for residents. Develop Future-Focused Transit and Mobility Solutions- Access to healthful food options should be at least as important as access to green space. Continue to Lead in Environmental Stewardship and Ensure Access to Green Space for Future Generations-Changes we must make in our policy, in our practices of food waste, meat consumption, etc. will guide our language throughout the decade. Prepare our Next Generation-Green jobs industry will grow exponentially in the coming decade, whether growing local food, implementing alternative energies or working to remediate and clean our land and water. We need to prepare our youth for this work. Many youth are opting out of college and its expenses to go directly into work that supports their beliefs. Youth today say it's time to make changes that cool the planet and feed the world. It doesn't matter who started it, they want to implement solutions to end climate change and hunger. Strengthening the future of food relies heavily on the next generation! Commit to Being a Leader in Racial Equity and Inclusion- Food insecurity is highest amongst non-white children and families. Supporting those families to have garden plot, learn skills from soil to table and back again, and raising the quality of their health by including them in surveys, offering free classes and opportunities to improve their access to healthful, safe fresh food will lead SLP into a leadership role for other cities to emulate. Whereas the City of St Louis Park is currently nearing completion of the process of its Comprehensive Plan, which is updated every ten years, and the Met Council is advising that Health Equity and Resiliency are added to cities' Comprehensive Plans, and Whereas the #2 NATIONAL Trend of City Comprehensive Planning under Resources is Food Security, and Whereas community input from at least four Vision 3.0 gatherings conducted as trained by the Vision 3.0 consultant regarding food security is missing from the Vision 3.0 report, and Whereas Councilman Brausen has advised SLP SEEDS that the preliminary City’s Comprehensive Plan due to be finished in its writing thereof by April-2018 does not include Food Insecurity in its Health section, Whereas at the SLP DFL Caucus this month, both a MN Food Resolution, and a Resolution to 46A representatives to advise City of SLP to add the topic of Food Insecurity in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan were passed in various precincts, and, Whereas verbiage in the SLP Vision 3.0 doesn't include food, but each value, trend and recommendation can be applied to Food Security (see above for Values, Trends and Recommendations in regard to food security), and One in ten Minnesotans experience food insecurity.  13.8% of children in Minnesota are food insecure.  About 10% of Minnesotans (12.7% of children) were in poverty in 2016.  Whereas a study from Park Nicollet on their clients who chose to take the survey found Food Insecurity for the segment answering from SLP is one in four.  Park Nicollet acknowledges there are others who chose not to participate. Park Nicollet's Food Security Team believes the number is higher than 1:4. Whereas a study from NoKidHungry.org  on the percentage of childhood food insecurity in MN is 13.8%. NoKidHungry.org states of those who are eligible for SNAP benefits in Minnesota, 12% that are eligible do not receive or take benefits. This means 5 out of 6 kids who rely on free or reduced-price school meals aren’t getting free meals in the summer. There are 185 days where Out of School Food Service is either not available or has low accessibility for children who are Food Insecure. Only 16.4% of those on free or reduced lunches during the school year participate in Summer Food Service (mainly due to inability to arrive at locations serving food.) Hopkins has a Food Truck that brings food to the affordable housing complexes to reach a higher number of children's food needs not being met out of school. Whereas over 3,000,000 visits were made to Minnesota food shelves each year, 2011-2016, and visits in 2017 were on pace to likely meet or exceed this number. Whereas STEP Emergency Food Shelf Survey Facts (146 respondents of approximately 3400 served) : AFTER coming to STEP, 14% said they [still] occasionally go hungry, and another 9% said they [still] sometimes go hungry once or twice a month. Of STEP’s clientele, STEP is the only source of food for 8% of their clients 61% of total survey respondents indicated they have specific health related dietary need. STEP gave St. Louis Park residents approximately 600,000 lbs of food to those in need in 2017. Over 340,000 Minnesotans already face income, distance and transportation barriers to healthy, affordable foods. MN # of households: 2,194,000 (low security) 9.7% (very low security) 3.6 %  SLP School District has several large sectors with over 50% of the children eligible to receive free meals  The number of food insecure seniors and seniors utilizing food shelfs continues to increase.  A lack of access to affordable, healthy foods is a contributing factor to the fact that Minnesota has some of the worst health disparities in the country. Minnesota’s charitable food system (food shelves and food banks, meal programs, etc.) is running at capacity. Supporting government programs like SNAP (“food stamps”) and creating a more just and equitable food system are integral parts of meeting the need of food insecure households and working toward ending hunger. Whereas URBAN ARGRICULTURE helps cool the planet and feed the world, directly affecting Climate Change Urban Agriculture also raises health, economics, community engagement and connection to nature. There are huge obstacles facing new [urban] farmers including access to capital and land.  We ask the City Council and Mayor to include Food Security Policy in the upcoming 10-year Comprehensive Plan. "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" ~Audrey Hepburn “By providing a model for healthy food access, affordability & education, economic prosperity and community development will THRIVE!” ~Nancy Jacobs - President/Co-Founder Sundance Family Foundation
Petition to Pastor Romney Amariah, Marilyn Krogh
Stand for Food Justice. Save Woodlawn's Gardens!
For over a decade, the 65th & Woodlawn and Kumunda Gardens have been a major source of food and a treasured island of shared green space for residents on Chicago's South Side. We are stunned to learn that the landowner, First Presbyterian Church, plans to close both gardens immediately. No reason has been given. The gardens' closure would be a blow to Southside families, our health and budgets, and to the hundreds of food pantry clients who depend on the fresh produce we provide weekly. We will have to turn away the teen job skills and food justice programs we host each summer. Non-gardening neighbors will be impacted when these cultivated spaces revert to trash-strewn vacant lots. This would be a heartbreaking waste. Join us in telling the church that we value the gardens as a sustainable healthy food source, an oasis of peace and healing, a way to build community with new and existing neighbors, and a connection to the deep history and shared values of Woodlawn. Please sign our petition to the church leadership, and tell them to SAVE WOODLAWN'S GARDENS. Want to do more? Share this petition, and send the church an email about why the gardens are important to you at SaveWoodlawnsGardens@gmail.com #savewoodlawnsgardens #foodjusticeforwoodlawn #savethegardens