Topic

sustainable food

30 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Arif Virani

Creating a law for all unused edible food to be donated rather put in landfills.

Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those. Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children. In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks. A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide. As it is, Quebec is now requiring that all supermarkets give unused food to foodbanks. Doing the same on a federal scale is not inconceivable. It is doable, and it is already being done in communities worldwide. In addition to the people who would be positively affected, food waste contributes greatly to climate change. Reducing food waste would benefit our environment. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada through Arif Virani to approach the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture, to create a federal program to combat food waste.  I have created a Not For Profit organization that is rescuing 1000’s of lbs of food everyday and feeding our thousands of citizens with it a week. We at Feed It Forward.ca have opened a Pay What You Can Grocery Store, Bakery, Coffee Shop and Restaurant that utilizes Rescue food and offers a new way of shopping and putting food back into the food cycle system. Our establishments are ran on 100% rescued food and we are  92% recycling and repurposing it.  As I have showcased the positive impact on the us of repurposed food being utilized and the savings on our environmental footprint. It’s time for a change.  Let’s work together in making our future a brighter future.  Sign this petition do we can the government to start the program. This program will: Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible foodRequire Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banksRequire Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banksThe law passed in France began with a simple petition not much different from this, on this very website. That petition received over 200,000 signatures. Our goal is to obtain 100,000 and to gain national attention to this very real issue. With your support, we can make a difference, and we can show our government what matters to us.  We need you. We need your voice. We need your support. Please sign and share this petition to bring change and to bring this law into Canada! Creating  a Law to protect unused food being destroyed and have them donated to charities that can utilize it in feeding the hungry and families in need of help with food insecurities .www.feeditforward.ca

Jagger Gordon
9,478 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Haldimand County Council, Toby Barrett, Ernie Hardeman, Randy Pettapiece

Allow Small Flocks of Backyard Chickens in Haldimand County

When one conjures images of Haldimand County, they often will picture wide open spaces and farmers fields. An oasis outside of the hustle and bustle of city life. We recently moved to Kohler from Hamilton. An opportunity to escape the crowded streets and enjoy the serene rural escape that Cayuga has to offer. As part of this rural lifestyle, we were planning on purchasing three or four chickens for our backyard to produce eggs for our consumption. These chickens would be kept fully contained in a fenced in area, with no roosters present. We were surprised to find out that chickens are banned under Haldimand County Bylaw No. 1396/13, unless we are living on a property zoned as rural or agricultural. Our property backs on to a large field of wheat, and there are several farms within a kilometre of our house that raise cows and sheep. I was shocked to be informed by the county that we are not designated as a rural property, despite there being cows and sheep within walking distance of our house! Backyard chickens provide their owners with a self-sustainable supply of eggs. Furthermore, chickens can be fed table scraps, which alleviates the strain on the municipal waste system. Small flocks of up to 5 birds should be permitted in such a rural setting. There are various urban municipalities that allow or are in the process of allowing backyard chickens. The City of Waterloo has recently allowed the practice. The City of Toronto has begun a three-year pilot program to test the impact. Yet, in a rural area like Haldimand, this practice is not allowed.
 I encourage the current council (and future council to be elected in 2018) to consider the rights of property owners on this matter. As taxpayers, we are told far too often what we are not allowed to do.  In an era of waste reduction and self-sustainability, I would imagine that any municipality would be glad to adopt such a measure and reduce the restrictions on local homeowners.

Zak Horkoff
67 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to B.R. Johnson

Allow Back Yard Chickens In North Bay, Ontario. Change the By-Law May 16th/17 Sign now!

Many Cities and Municipalities are embracing constituents rights to be able to have the ability to have Chickens in their Back Yard's. The City of North Bay is not a proponent of their residents having the ability to have a small flock or chickens. Four Chickens are more then enough to allow a growing family the number of eggs for daily or bi weekly consumption.  Although the Bylaw department is receiving up to 2 calls per week from residents on the rules of having Chickens, those 100 plus yearly enquiries are still not enough for council to change their ambiguous by-law 151-93  It names Domestic Fowl Which could be your Finches, Dove, Canary, Parrot or any other Bird. All I want is the right to have 4 birds for pets and healthy eggs to eat and to have any other resident to be able to do the same thing.  I will be attending City Council on May 16th 2017 to ask council to be like countless other cities who are recognising property owners right to raise birds. Case and Point In January 2007, Vancouver City Council adopted the Vancouver Food Charter which sets out the City’s commitment to the development of a coordinated municipal food policy that recognizes access to safe, sufficient, culturally appropriate and nutritious food as a basic human right for all Vancouver residents.  If you feel it's your Basic Human Right to have nutritious food which you raise and feed and nurture with things you know they're consuming, then please sign and support my Petition I will be bringing to council on that date... Our voice matters and will make a difference. Thanks for your signature and passing this off to some friends who are like minded...

B.r. Johnson
439 supporters