Petition to Angélique Delahaye, European Parliament, Antonio Tajani
Reduce food waste! Get rid of unnecessary "Best Before Dates"!
Best Before ...” is something we are all used to seeing on most of the food we consume daily. These dates are mandatory throughout the European Union. The problem with these dates, also called BBD (Best Before Date) or DMD (Date of Minimum Durability) is that they are frequently confused with “Use by” dates which are only mandatory for very perishable products, like meats. BBD or DMD is the date until which “the food retains its specific properties when properly stored”. In other terms, after this date, the food product can start losing its color, or its vitamin content etc... Which doesn’t mean it becomes unsafe to consume! These dates are confusing to the consumer, by letting them think the product is no longer good once the date has passed. This confusion creates massive food waste. In Europe, more than 170 kilos of food per person are thrown away every year! In reality, dry products such as rice, pasta, lentils, flour etc... can stay good for years. On the mean time, 25000 people starve to death each day. To get rid of this psychological barrier, we ask the European Union to revise its Regulation and to stop the obligation of indicating DMDs on dry products that don’t contain dairy or meats. Sign this petition to support our request! *** Les DLUO/DDM, produits où il est indiqué "à consommer de préférence avant le: .... " Peuvent être dépassées de plusieurs années. Pourtant elles laissent croire au consommateur que le produit sera dangereux si consommé 5 ou 10 ans après. Afin de faire sauter cette barrière psychologique, nous demandons aux députés européens de ne plus rendre ces dates obligatoires sur tous les produits sec, non carné.
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
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.
Petition to Briana Young
Awareness, support & policy change: Battling City of SD's monopolized food waste hauling
OUR PROBLEM ***read, reach out, share***The amendment to the San Diego Municipal Code for Franchise Haulers (SDMC 66.0109 D. (iii)) is scheduled for implementation on July 1st. The amendment will require that food waste can only be handled by franchise waste haulers in the City of San Diego. While recyclables have an exemption for small businesses that provide services under 1000 tons, food waste is not included in this exemption. Starting July, only franchise haulers can pick up food waste from City of San Diego's commercial market. This means that enterprises like us, Closing the Loop, that pick up food waste from businesses for composting or other organics processing (spent grain from breweries for animal feed, etc) will no longer be able to operate in City of San Diego's commercial market and work with businesses that want to use our services. While City Council has already approved this municipal code amendment, it is now being reviewed again by the Environment Committee since a specialized hauler called RMG spoke against the amendment at the last Environment Committee on 4/13. We found out about this amendment after this committee meeting with a coalition we are working with. Key issues around this amendment 1. This will wipe out small enterprises like Closing the Loop from operating in City of San Diego 2. It is inconsistent with state mandates and City of SD's CAP Goals: a) Aggressive state mandates (AB1826, SB1383) will require market-based innovation. b) CalRecycle recently exempted composting operations of less than 100 cubic yards and 750 square feet from requiring a state compost facility permit. c) Removing smaller operators from food waste collection will increase the GHG emissions from franchise haulers driving the food waste long distances (particularly since we lack infrastructure in SD). 3. Insufficient Services for Generators: While the city’s franchised haulers and the City’s Miramar Greenery provide service for some of the City’s 100+ restaurants and food producing businesses, they do not provide service that meets the needs of many small food waste generators. Price points for organics services will be too high for small generators to consider. 4. Process lacked effective outreach and due process for stakeholdersThe City of San Diego conducted extensive outreach for the Zero Waste Plan, but the proposed restrictions on food waste were not apparent to those working specifically on organics. - Neither the City Council Agenda (10/4/2016), nor the Executive Summary (2/25/16) states or mentions “food”, “food waste” or “organics.”- Executive Summary states that stakeholders were informed of changes through the Zero Waste scoping process, one-on-one meetings, and direct notification to appropriate stakeholders. Several groups working on organics that were involved with the Zero Waste scoping process were not aware of this amendment. ASKDelay implementation until Council is able to consider:Convening organics stakeholders including those interested in offering community scale solutions to determine code changes that will enable organics marketplace to flourish as well as developing common sense, reasonable regulations and monitoring mechanisms. We also recommend the City to develop an integrated organics management plan aligned with "highest and best use" of organics to effectively meet CAP goals. Letters should be sent to the Environment CommitteeCouncilmember David Alvarez, Chair202 C Street, 10th FloorSan Diego, CA 92101Councilmember Chris Cate, Vice Chair 202 C Street, 10th FloorSan Diego, CA 92101Councilmember Chris Ward 202 C Street, 10th FloorSan Diego, CA 92101Councilmember Scott Sherman202 C Street, 10th FloorSan Diego, CA 92101For reference on this issue, check out recording of RMG and City of San Diego Environmental Services Department's presentation at Environment Committee from 4/13ITEM-5: Review informational update from the Environmental Services Department regarding IMPLEMENTATION OF SAN DIEGO MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE RECYCLABLE MATERIAL FRANCHISE EXCLUSION; AND REVISIONS TO AB 939 FEE COLLECTION, EFFECTIVE JULY 1 http://granicus.sandiego.gov/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=51&clip_id=6943
Petition to Mr. Peters
Start a Compost Program at HM Jackson High School
On average, Americans throw away over 20 pounds of edible food each month. That means around 240 pounds per year individually, and around 35 million pounds annually as a country, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is roughly 165 billion dollars worth of food each year, as stated by CNBC News. Not only does food waste cost us 10% of the total US budget, but it also contributes to global warming. The uneaten food is put into landfills and releases various gasses, accounting for 16% of US methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Also, about one in every six Americans do not have enough to eat. Reducing food waste by just a mere 15% could feed more than 25 million Americans every year, as reported by the Natural Resources Defense Council. If wasted food is such a problem, then why don't we do something? We can start by keeping food waste out of landfills which will help to reduce harmful methane emitted into our atmosphere. This can help slow down global warming as well as save the land in landfills that would be wasted on food waste which can be put elsewhere. Recycling food waste will also help the environment by creating compost that is rich in nutrients and great soil for plants. This compost can even be sold for a profit! All it takes is putting your banana peel in the green bin instead of the grey one. Introducing a compost bin at Henry M. Jackson High will help us get one step closer to a cleaner environment and better health for everyone. This petition will allow us to achieve our goal of starting a compost program at this high school and perhaps inspiring other schools to start their own programs as well.