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Petition to Australian Government

Scrap the UNhealthy Star Food Rating System

In 2014, the Government approved a voluntary Health Star Rating System for food manufacturers and companies to use on their products. The Health Star Rating System ranges from ½ a star to 5 stars, and was designed to help consumers make healthier choices. Recent news media has outlined some issues with this star rating system, but the big problem comes in the form of food manufacturers and companies calculating the star rating on their own food products.  Their motto is literally the more stars the healthier the choice. This self-regulation poses a big problem in accuracy and accountability, is misleading, and creates confusion for consumers.  The Sipahh straws pictured in the video above actually PROMOTE that they 'only' contain half a teaspoon of sugar per straw. They receive a 4.5 star rating from the Government approved Health Star Rating System. The ingredients are sugar, gluten free starch from tapioca, cocoa powder, bulking agent, buling agent (maltodextrin), flavour, sweetener (sucralose). How on EARTH does this deserve 4.5 stars??!! The first ingredient sugar and there is no nutritional value or benefit in sugar filled straws!! Further to this, the calculation should be based on current food science and knowledge. Unfortunately the criteria does not establish how 'healthy' a food like product really is.  There are many studies that are now showing that saturated fat and cholesterol should no longer be feared and are actually an excellent, protective and necessary part of the diet to support cellular health, brain function, sexual and reproductive function, the immune system and many other important physiological functions in the body (when used sensibly and as part of balanced overall food intake). Some studies to note Just ONE of these studies was published in the Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition and involved a 5–23 year of follow-up of 347,747 subjects. The meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to REPLACE saturated fat. The Health Star Rating system is EXTREMELY corrupt. Food Industry actually sit on the advisory panel. If you agree that food manufacturers and companies should no longer have the power to self-regulate this health rating calculation, sign this petition! Why don't the Government invest in supporting local farmers, subsiding and educating and promoting fresh vegetables, fruit and well looked after animal products. Why don't we have low cost cooking classes and educational seminars? Community gardens and chook pens in every neighbourhood for fresh eggs? Food CAN be cheap and accessible. Every family deserves fresh, quality food and deserve to know what they are feeding themselves and their kids. Stop green washing the packaged processed products and start having an honest, transparent and open relationship with the food system. Please sign and share this petition widely. To follow along with everything we are doing follow us on facebook at and instagram @getafreshstart and join our facebook group to get involved The Health Star Disruptors

Jessie Reimers
16,615 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Sarah Thomas


BUNNINGS SAY THEY... "Make no claim to be perfect" AND "we are committed to reducing our impact and building a more sustainable business".... AND... "Our aim is to help customers learn how to care for the environment and live sustainably in and around the home." THEY SAY THEY HAVE...."Knowledge of environmental issues and sustainable practices"              THEY TEACH CHILDREN TO...."Get active in their local community help them learn about the importance of protecting trees and the natural environment." BUT THEY HAND OUT HUNDREDS & THOUSANDS OF BALLOONS EVERY YEAR TO CHILDREN THAT KILL  WILDLIFE AND POLLUTE OUR WATERWAYS AND OCEANS! Bunnings says that they've discontinued the use of helium balloons and instead attach sticks to balloons so they can’t be easily released. "More recently we have modified this stick attachment to make it more secure". But these "sticks" and "attachments" are PLASTIC and just as Hazardous to wildlife as the BALLOONS themselves! They can still escape their attachments and blow away and even if they dont blow they can still pop and drop as litter. There are so many environmentally friendly alternatives available and we ask BUNNINGS to please stop handing out BALLOONS. HOW ABOUT  Hand out a seed pack or Seedling! Encourage children to Grow and Create not Destroy our environment!  Develop a life long love of Gardening and keep life long customers!  ASK BUNNINGS TO PLEASE STOP HANDING OUT BALLOONS! 

Sharyn Taylor
1,606 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Senator Richard Di Natale

Australia needs a sugar tax on soft drinks to help end the child obesity crisis

Hey everyone. I'm Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar – and I'm asking for your help to get Australia tackling the urgent child obesity crisis by introducing a sugar tax.It's devastating that more than 1 in 4 of our kids are now overweight or obese. Our kids' health and education are suffering. Tooth decay, type 2 diabetes and impaired brain function are all caused by excessive sugar in drinks.Companies adding 15 teaspoons of sugar in a small soft drink is ridiculous. And dangerous. I know so many parents are trying to reduce sugar in their family's diets – but until soft drink companies are forced to act too, we're not going to fix the child obesity crisis. The funds raised from the tax can help subsidise healthier options and food education in schools.I quit sugar in January 2011 - initially as an experiment. My doctors advised it'd help my autoimmune disease. But it had such an impact on my energy, wellness and concentration, I just kept going. Imagine if those benefits were transferred to our kids. Misbehaviour would decrease. Grades would soar.Australia is lagging the world in acting on child obesity. The UK has just introduced a sugary drinks tax (France, Mexico, Denmark have too).I need your help today to sign & share this petition - on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - let's get it out there and make a difference! Tell Scott Morrison it's time for a sugar tax on soft drinks!

Sarah Wilson
19,284 supporters