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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
28,619 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Allianz Global Assistance, Terry Campbell, Christine Boyd, Petra Frey, Holger Schaefer, James Stack, Mark Sbaglia

Allianz Global Assistance Stop Acting in Bad Faith and Cover my Claim

I left Southern California for New Zealand in the hopes of finally fulfilling my dream of getting my PhD in Anthropology, but after an unexpected surgery and my health insurance company’s denial of my claim, the whole experience has become a nightmare. On March 30th,  I was hospitalized and required emergency surgery for an adhesion (scar tissue) that grew around a section of my small intestine, strangling it shut and depriving the tissue of oxygen. Without the surgery I could have died. Once I was healthy enough, I filed a claim with Allianz Global Assistance, the health insurance carrier for international students, and after seven months of dragging things out, they denied my claim, suggesting that the my adhesion was a preexisting condition. Now, my bills have gone into collections, and Allianz is denying the validity of my hospitalization against my doctor’s insistence. I am asking Allianz to stop acting in bad faith and cover my medical bills, so that I can move on with my education and my life. My doctor has confirmed that my condition was not preexisting, and even wrote to Allianz confirming that fact. The insurance company’s tactics have caused me immeasurable stress, and inhibited my recovery. Now, returning to New Zealand as an international student is much more difficult, as I effectively have no medical coverage, which is required by law. If Allianz doesn't pay my claims, it will seriously jeopardize my dreams of getting my PhD, as I can barely afford my tuition costs and have no funding or financial assistance. The cost of my medical bills is a drop in the bucket for this multibillion dollar company, but would financially destroy me. By denying my claim, Allianz Global Assistance is acting in bad faith. Their unfair business practices are not acceptable, and they should not be allowed to continue to get away with this! Please tell Allianz to stop jeopardizing my future and cover my bills, so I can get on with my academic career and my life. Thank you for your support.

Christine Sepulveda
3,086 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Bill Sena Jr., Michael Edwards MD, Gregory Rouan MD, Jody Brant, Jim Neil, Virginia Uehlin, Bob Vines, Rick Hoover, RN, Patrick Kirk MD, Linda Ambrose, Peter Singer, Mike Keating, Harold Sosna, Larry Lester, Annie Novak, Anne Saker, Barrett J. Brunsman, Edward Lim MD, Jerome Gabis, Donald Nunlist-Young MD, James Shackson MD, Guy Hild, FreeDrFlege , Bernie Sanders, Richard Blumenthal, Tom Rotz, Roger Smith MD, Sandra Starnes MD, Robert Lukin MD, Robert Casey, Susan Collins, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Robert Thomas, William Thomas, William Ball MD, David Harris MD, Michael Newton MD, John Heppler, Mike Walters, Queen City Home Care, Rodger Miller, Synergy Home Care, Jennifer Lyon, James Firman, Rob Portman, Department of Veterans Affairs, Commission on Law and Aging, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Manish Srivastava MD, Mary Mahoney MD, Queen City Hospice, Daniel Barnes MD, Sandra Lobert, Leonard Randolf MD, Pamela Van Hart, Julie Holt, Elizabeth Johnson, Michael Jennings MD, John Keyes MD, Jason Graff MD, Blake Dickson, Steve Mullin, Stephen Mullin, Nancy Barrett, Jeff Huber, Michael Edwards MD (UCMC - Surgery), Michael Coler, Jay Johannigman, Jane Ripberger, Cheryl Jeffers, Suzanne Bryan, Nancy Cushing RN, Colleen Quigley, David Hill, Malorie Hill, Ohio Medical Board, Beverley Laubert, Andrew Roth MD, Christopher Reimann, Cornerstone Dental Group, Maribeth Rahe, Donna Jackson PhD, Cincinnati Bar Association, William J. Seitz III, Bruce Hobbs

Free Dr. Flege -- STOP ELDER ABUSE

Free Dr. Flege Elder Abuse affects 1/10 Americans over the age of 60. The perpetrators are most often family members. Elder abuse includes: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Financial Abuse, Isolation and Denying an elderly person amenities he or she can afford. Get the basics here. Who is John Blain Flege MD JD (DOB: 05/10/1929)? "'Dr. Flege is one of the best teaching professors in the cardiac world,' says Randall Wolf, MD, a fellow professor of surgery at UC. 'He has mentored many surgeons--including me. Dr. Flege is very highly regarded as one of the finest thinkers and innovators in cardiac surgery.'" "Dr. Flege founded the cardiac surgery program at Christ Hospital in 1969. He continued to raise the level of surgical care in Cincinnati by revamping the cardiac surgery program at Jewish Hospital (1978) and founding the programs at University Hospital (1982) and St. Elizabeth Hospital (1983)--all of which continue to excel today." "Despite the fact he's been practicing and developing innovative cardiac surgery techniques for 50 years, John Flege, MD, remains a startlingly modest guy who [worked] tirelessly every day to put the best interests of his patients first." Harper, A. (2006, March). Cincinnati Cardiac Icon Wins 'Lifetime Hero' Award. Retrieved from . Dr. Flege is now a victim of ELDER ABUSE. The perpetrators are family members. Dr. Flege has been under the care of countless physicians, many of them at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was admitted to Christ Hospital twice in less than a year for hip fractures, both of which occurred at facilities and required hip replacement surgery. Both injuries involved unnecessary drugs known to increase fall risk in the elderly.  Since being removed from his home about 5 months ago, Dr. Flege has resided at FIVE facilities including The Kenwood by Senior Star (where he sustained his second hip fracture in less than a year), Marjorie P. Lee (where his other hip was fractured within 24 hours of an earlier admission), Kenwood Terrace Care Center (Premier Health Care Management) and Arden Courts of Kenwood (HCR Manorcare). Facilities have reportedly evicted him, refusing to tolerate abuse of Dr. Flege and their staffs. Additionally, during this time period, he has been under the 24/7 care of numerous caregivers/nursing aides from Synergy Home Care, Queen City Home Care and Bright Star Home Care in Cincinnati. Caregivers have also found themselves targets of abuse. Many have quit or been taken off the job by their employers. Others have been fired for speaking out against Dr. Flege's abuse.  Adult Protective Services, The Council on Aging, ProSeniors, The Eldercare Ombudsman, Cincinnati Police Dep't, Ohio Dep't of Health and Medicare/HHS, among others are also aware of Dr. Flege's abuse. Dr. Flege pays lawyers at Katz Teller who are seemingly being used against him. He has repeatedly complained that he is being left out of meetings regarding his financial affairs. Family members claim that it is necessary to exclude him because "he might say something embarrassing". His investment advisors at Fort Washington Investment Advisors are aware of the situation. RED FLAGS are everywhere. But the ABUSE continues. Elder Abuse IS vastly under-reported. Let's call on the doctors, lawyers, facilities and agencies involved in this case to FREE DR FLEGE And let's call on physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and nursing homes, legislators and regulators to STOP ELDER ABUSE  If you have any tips on this case, advice or comments, please leave a message here or email Up to date Information as to Dr. Flege's probable whereabouts is available upon request. Please directly notify law enforcement and relevant authorities where appropriate. IT TAKES A VILLAGE.

Free Dr. Flege -- Stop Elder Abuse
418 supporters