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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
387 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop food waste in America #stopfoodwaste

       Food waste is a bigger problem than most people realize. Not only does food waste lead to food gone that can go to millions of the unfairly starving and isolated, it is also tied to a multitude of problems we hear is plaguing society. Getting rid of edible food demolishes the resources used to make it in the first place. 70% of the U.S.’s water and four percent of its energy is thrown to the dirt on food in landfills. That food in that giant hole of desecration releases 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases a year, easily turning it into a major contributor to climate change not even being used for profit. published by, ReFED (Rethinking Food Waste through Economics and Data), the U.S. tosses $218,000,000,000, or 1.3% of it's GDP on trash food.       What many don’t talk about however, is the effect food waste has on ecosystems.  Predators consume that food, which leads to there being larger numbers of them. More predators, less prey. Less prey, the predators start to either die out safely, or they begin to take in the prey of other predators. After that Yale says repeat steps 2-3.       Fortunately there is a solution. Don’t assume that bag of chips went bad because it’s past the best by date. That date just tells you when it's at it’s tastiest, hence best by. Try to buy only what you need, most people have the bad habit of buying too much. And now the best method, don’t throw away food. Seriously, it’s not that hard. Just donate what you have left in the fridge.        But consumer waste is only half the problem. The other half is grocery stores and restaurants. Grocery stores dump 44 pounds of edibles a day to make room for ''fresher'' produce. Restaurants, in a study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, are found to put 84.3% of their scraps in that black trash bag. Thankfully we have a solution to this too. In France, a law was recently ratified that said that grocery stores will donate the food they would instead throw away. We must have congress pass a similar law directed to restaurant and grocery stores. And if you don’t think that signing this petition will change anything, remember that law in France. That law got started when a local councilman, Arash Derambarsh, started a similar petition. So show the news to everyone, demonstrate on the streets, and tell congress to pass something for once. But first, please sign this petition.  #Trumpstopfoodwaste  Share this! Check out the links below for more information.

Kia Hyle
7 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Commissioner John Koskinen

Stop America’s Starvation Crisis

HALT  GREED  OF  BIG BUSINESS   IN  OUR  FOOD SUPPLY                                                         Require changes in the IRS tax system to intense detail restructure or  remove  the huge LOSS tax write off of our food supply.  Supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible quality food each year The reason is simple.:   Markets charge to much for food shoppers cannot afford, stores toss it out as loss write off on tax deductions, the government refund this then raise our tax’s to recover their payments. We pay for food we never saw or consumed .  America goes hungry, as Markets toss thousands of dollars a day, $5,000.00 for a small store, large chain stores are off the charts.  Starvation is rampant, health care expenses up for all effected. God provides an abundance of food to waste it is an insult to his intention.              Is this really    America The Great system we want ?    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~               Hunger Hurts . . . and is not necessary. Food waste in America is rampant this is America not a third world nation food should be available to everyone not simply the wealthy.              Require changes in the IRS tax system to  intense detail restructure or  remove  the  huge “LOSS”  tax write off option of big business food supply and supermarkets.  This would deter quality food to be tossed into  locked dumpsters for the easy money gain to the business..             Farmers, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible food each year     Supermarkets the greatest offender charge to much for food the average shopper cannot purchase, the stores toss it out as a loss write it off their tax deductions at the year end, this includes non food high priced items in those stores. the government refunds them this vast amount then raise our tax’s to recover their payments.  In reality we pay for food we never saw much less got to consume ...      Tax’s also go for food stamps which most cannot obtain , those on social security make a couple of dollars to much thus do not qualify, a rigged system ? probably. So our Senior Citizen’s who worked a life time paying tax's  cannot even enjoy food, but those who come here illegally or refugee’s can....Great system Washington D C !       If your tired of seeing America go hungry we need changes of the present tax food waste/loss deduction of big business.  Markets toss thousands of dollars a day, this is food priced to high for the average shopper, not just food that doesn’t look pretty or is spoilt  ... standard  is $5,000.00 per day for a  simple small store, chain stores are off the chart..... the store can write it off as loss,  tossing good food in the sealed dumpsters to be disposed of  .. the government pays them on their tax qualified refund payment, the government then raises our taxes to cover this payment to simple  GREED !.      Thus we are paying for food we never see much less eat. While families struggle and their children starve and develop health issues.  What kind of stupid system is this ? Food Stamps are not the answer it simply intensifies the greed of Markets.       EXAMPLES:               This article is  normal for California, and I think for every state in the United States....   Waste is built into the food chain, at all levels,” said Jonathan Bloom, author of an upcoming book on food waste and of the blog Wasted Food. “On the whole, the amount of food we waste is ridiculous, especially when you consider the number of Americans who experience hunger every day.”  Over 13.1 million children across the country go hungry every day and live without enough food at home, according to Feeding America.          Slow and steady starvation of America is rampant :                         Demand changes in the IRS tax system to remove this huge tax write off option of big business food supply and supermarkets. Food is a necessity not a luxury..         MIT Researcher’s Warning: Half of All U.S. Children Will Be Autistic (by 2025)       “Monsanto should have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food                                  Current Food Lines .. NY is an example of many in the nation . . America starves             Let our Government on all levels know that we will not tolerate this any longer                           Please sign, promote and forward !!                   The IRS will never be given your personal ID ( :                        ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  

Betty Garrity
16 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chris Smith, Donald Norcross, Frank LoBiondo, Thomas MacArthur, Josh Gottheimer, Frank Pallone, Leonard Lance, Bill Pascrell, Donald Payne, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Albio Sires

Stop destructive cuts to food assistance for millions of Americans!

The proposed $190 billion cut to food assistance in President Trump’s Budget will hurt tens of thousands of New Jersey residents – and millions of Americans -- who struggle every day to put enough food on the table. The Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) is the first line of defense against hunger in New Jersey and throughout the nation. New Jersey is home to some 800,000 SNAP recipients – more than half of them children and senior citizens – who will surely face hunger without this assistance. If this proposal is approved, New Jersey would be required to contribute an estimated $100 million to the program in 2020, soaring to a debilitating total of more than $2 billion over 10 years, while local economies lose revenue from households that can no longer afford to buy enough food. Since the state is already strapped for cash, it is very likely the program would be further slashed.  Please sign this petition to help us combat these cuts that will leave millions of Americans and tens of thousands of New Jersey resident hungry -- and hurt our local economies. We will be delivering the petition to New Jersey's Congressional delegation next week -- so please sign today!

New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition
235 supporters