Petition to Dr. John Malloy, Indira Naidoo-Harris
Stop Serving Known Carcinogenic Food to Children
The Ontario Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board allow schools to serve *known* carcinogenic food to children. A report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 categorized processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf With this information available to them, it is grossly irresponsible for them to continue to allow schools to serve processed meat to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. We are asking the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board to act on this knowledge responsibly, and in the best interest of the children by not allowing processed meat to be served at school. --------------------------------------------------- On top of signing, please also consider sending a letter to:1. The Director of Education (Dr. Malloy): email@example.com. The Minister of Education (Indira Naidoo-Harris): firstname.lastname@example.org Here's a template: I am writing out of concern for the policies in place that allow Toronto schools to serve food to children that is known to be carcinogenic. I’m sure you are aware of the report from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released in 2015 that categorizes processed meat (including hotdogs, hamburgers, pepperoni, and ham) as a class one carcinogen in the same group as tobacco smoke, plutonium, and asbestos: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf With this information available to us, I wonder why the Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board continues to allow schools to serve processed meat at BBQs, picnics and pizza lunches? Wouldn’t you agree that, given the science, it is grossly irresponsible? Not only does it put students' health at risk, but given that animal agriculture is the leading cause of global warming, water pollution, ocean dead zones, and deforestation, it’s also putting the future of the planet (the one these children are set to inherit) at risk. I’ve been to several school events with my child this year and at each one, *known* carcinogenic foods were being served to children who have no idea that it could make them sick. The Ministry of Education and the Toronto District School Board do know though, and have a responsibility to act on that knowledge. I would like to know how you plan to act. Sincerely, A mother
Petition to Subway, Wendy's, Starbucks
Make Fast Food Safer
Azodicarbonamide is a commonly used, legal food ingredient in bread, flour and whole wheat flour. Currently FDA approved, this dough conditioner is used to bleach flour and to make it fluffier with a texture that is more appealing to the consumer. When this is cooked with bread, it produces both biurea or urethane and semicarbazide, both of which are known to be carcinogens in mice. The FDA has approved the use of Azodicarbonamide at the maximum of 45 ppm, which if that maximum is used, the urethane now poses a carcinogen risk to humans according to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. This dough conditioner is currently used in the United States of America and Canada as 45 ppm in restaurants including Subway, Arby's, Wendy's, MacDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts and so on. This food additive is not mandatory for bread making and there are many alternatives that do not pose a carcinogen risk to humans. Some of these restaurants have considered other options in the past for their bread additives. Currently the U.K, Australia, and the European Union have make the use of this additive illegal. Help make fast food restaurants a safe option, sign this petition to remind Canadian restaurants that as consumers, we want safer fast food.
Petition to Canadian Cancer Society
End carcinogenic foods at Relay for Life cancer fundraisers
The actionable letter that was written to the Canadian Cancer Society's head office, in Toronto, calling for the removal of carcinogenic foods from the provided dinners at Relay for Life fundraising events: To whom it may concern, (Introduction removed for personal safety). I am writing to you today, for a call to action against serving processed meat products at Relay for Life fundraising events. Studies over the past decades have shown resounding evidence toward the correlation between red, and processed meats, and various forms of cancer. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially classified processed meat as Group 1- “carcinogenic to humans”, listing stomach, colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate as the top cancer sites. In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society’s “It’s My Life” interactive prevention tool lists a 17% and 18% increase in colorectal cancer in individuals with a diet high in red and processed meat respectively. For the past 3 years that I have participated in Relay for Life, there has been an arrant lack of information, advocacy, and/or provision of healthy food. Foods such as antioxidant-rich, cancer-fighting fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legumes, etc. Despite nutrition being arguably the most important factor in cancer growth and development, the Society’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser continues to provide these carcinogens, in the form of hamburgers and hotdogs, to cancer victims, survivors, and supporters. What I hope for, in writing this letter, is a re-evaluation of the meals at the annual Relay for Life fundraising events, along with providing evidence-based information on the risks associated with red, and processed meat. I strongly believe that consumers should be informed about what they are eating, and by making a small change to provide healthy, cancer-fighting foods such as plant-based burgers, the impact on the participants, the Society, and the general message would be immense.