food waste

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Petition to Brian C. Cornell, Target

Tell Target You Expect More And Want Them To Waste Less Food

The power of our collective action has convinced Whole Foods Market and Walmart to start selling ugly produce. Let’s now work together to encourage Target to combat food waste and increase fresh produce access by sourcing, selling and marketing ugly produce. Target says it listens to its customers so let’s give a clear message that we want it to do something simple, effective and good for the retailers’ and its customers bottom line. This can have a major impact, given it is one of America’s largest retailers with about 1,800 U.S. stores. Target already offers lower prices on “regular” produce at its stores and we applaud its efforts on fruit and vegetable prescriptions (FVRx) in Los Angeles and beyond. In the U.S. studies show that almost 90% of people are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables, the recommended five servings a day. Many American families simply can’t afford enough fresh produce. Yet, we throw away about 25% 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. Studies confirm that the “uglies” are equally as nutritious as any produce you get in the store, and, can actually have more taste and nutrition! Stores in Australia, Canada, Europe, have seen success selling many different types of not quite "perfect" produce, offering it at an average of 30% off, and it has increased store traffic and total sales. Giant Eagle in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Hannaford in New York and Whole Foods Market in California have successful “ugly” produce programs, with multiple fruits and vegetables as well. Wouldn’t you buy “ugly” but perfectly delicious and nutritious produce for 30-50% off if you had the chance? So join us and the “ugly fruit & veg revolution” as we ask Target to be part of the solution, not the problem. Tell them to add an ugly produce program to their store aisles so you can save money, fight produce deficiency and help the environment all in one. Culinary Nutritionist Stefanie Sacks and I were successful in petitioning Whole Foods Market to sell ugly produce. And we have received over 150,000 signatures to urge Walmart to sell it as well. We delivered the petition and Walmart started two ugly produce efforts but didn’t commit to anything long-term (Whole Foods did commit). Now we are asking you to call on Target to help stop massive food waste by selling cosmetically “less than perfect” produce. #GetUglyProduce

Jordan Figueiredo
28,712 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Sally Bagshaw, Kshama Sawant

Require Qualified Seattle Businesses To Donate Food Waste To Food Banks

Seattle companies waste 1000 tons of food a year. Wasted food emits 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. With over 50% of people in Washington having had to rely on emergency food assistance, we need to make sure we can feed our people. Companies like Whole Foods and Starbucks are already donating their extra food to food banks. People need access to nutritional food, first and foremost. Cutting down on food waste also helps the environment. We want to mandate that companies in Seattle of a certain size and revenue bracket that serve food be fined if they do not donate to food banks.  Homeless people, single mothers, unemployed people, and people just down on their luck may need a nutritious meal because that one paycheck wasn't enough. We all deserve to be fed, and access to nutritious food is something we all need to be happy and healthy members of society. And we want our society to be fair to those who are in need. The more food we distribute, the less hungry people are, the more likely they are to succeed if they aren't worrying where they are getting their next meal. We have not yet decided the specifics on how much to fine, or how much revenue a company must make in order to be included in our mandate. However, we plan on submitting this petition to city council members Kshama Sawant, and Sally Bagshaw who are the chairs of Energy & Environment, and Human Services & Public Health respectively. We hope to work with them to hash the details before trying to pass legislation. We hope that they will see this petition and understand our plight and want to join us in making the community of Seattle a cleaner and more well-fed city. We are a group of students in Professor Gregory Hinckley's Sociology 101 class for Summer Quarter 2017 at Seattle Central College. We were tasked with coming up with an idea that would cause social change locally for a poster presentation. We are supposed to present our idea in a lecture hall, but we decided to take it a step further, because we value a healthy Seattle. We are: Alice Eidson*, Wen Li, Jon Miller, Cao Yuchen, and Yaoyuan Zhang. * [Editor's Note] This is an important issue to me. I had been homeless for two years and was having trouble getting nutritional food. I've been the type of person this mandate would help, and I want to ensure other people don't have to go hungry like I did. I want this to succeed, and I hope you will sign our petition and help make change happen. 

Alice Eidson
517 supporters