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sustainable food

21 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Brad Banducci

Imported Honey to be banned or labelled with Country of Origin. Eg. China, Argentina...

With over 128000 signatures our government must act now to save the Australian beekeeping industry.  Imported honey can carry different strains of diseases that can effect not only Australian honeybees but over 1500 indigenous bee species. One disease American Foul Brood is presently decimating bee colonies. AFB disease can be spread easily by animal lovers feeding birds and possums honey outdoors. Often people use cheap imported honey to feed animals and birds. We can learn from the prawn industry. Innocently people used imported prawns for bait which decimated the local prawn industry. The same thing is happening to our bees due to imported honey. http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-12-12/systematic-failure-of-biosecurity-blamed-for-prawn-disease/9246796 With large packers importing huge amounts of imported honey Australia’s reputation overseas has been tarnished. Only a minuscule amount of honey entering the country is tested for purity each year, and as such there is a high chance of impure honey - which has either been produced by supplemental feeding of bee colonies or adulterated with other sweeteners entering the country undetected. This imported honey mostly from China is blended with Australian honey than reexported which means Australia is now considered a high risk country to buy honey from. https://tshmember.com/approvedcountrie.html   Australian food industry is dependent on honeybee pollination. For the pollination industry to remain strong we need a healthy bees and a healthy honey industry within Australia. By banning the importation of honey into Australia it will strengthen the pollination industry . Australian wholesale honey prices have been declining. If this continues many beekeepers with leave the pollination industry. Australian Beekeeper’s are receiving an unfair price. New Zealand banned imports and their wholesale price of honey is $12 a kilogram because of imports Australian Beekeeper’s are being paid as low as $3.10 a kilogram . Australia is the only continent in the world free of Varroa Destructor so our honey is free from chemical treatments. Australian Honey is some of the purist in the world our beekeepers deserve to be paid a premium price. Corporations are confusing consumers by not adding country of origin on their imported honey. Many Australian’s believe they are buying Australian honey when in fact it is Chinese honey blended with Australian honey. It is unfair Australians do not know the country of origin on the honey they purchase. Honey Packers that don’t import Chinese HoneyJohn Edmonds. ‭0412 735 179‬Beechworth Honey https://www.beechworthhoney.com.au/Niel Stuckey 0412 977 261Australian Natural. Andre 0413 497 911 Gather By Jenna 0417 495 862. Honey down under 07 32712830Australian Beekeepers Cooperative https://www.abchoney.com.au/Phone 07 3881 3417 Super Beehttp://www.superbee.com.au/ Archibald http://www.archibaldhoney.com.au/ Penisula Honey http://www.purepeninsulahoney.com.au/ Kim Fewsterhttp://ffhoney.com.au/   Bluehillshoney.com (Tasmania) Please support Australian Beekeepers by paying a fair price for honey. HoneymapThis is a honeymap to source local honey. goo.gl/vfhcQs

Simon Mulvany
136,879 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Directors of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op

Keep the Blue Mountains Food Co-Op free of animal cruelty

We ask that the directors and board of the Blue Mountains Food Co-op maintain the Co-op as an ethical place for consumers to shop and refrain from selling animal meat. The sale of animal meat runs counter to the green, ethical and sustainable values held by many local residents. The Blue Mountains Food Co-op has been viewed and promoted as a place for 'conscious consumers' to shop. The over-riding policy of the food co-op is “Good Food that Doesn’t Cost the Earth.” However, the production of animal meat is an environmental, ethical and animal welfare issue. On another level it impacts the emotional wellbeing of the many who are sensitive to animal suffering.  Animal agriculture is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse emissions and global warming. A research review published in leading journal Science (August 2018) notes that "Meat consumption is rising annually as human populations grow and affluence increases. ... This trend ... has major negative consequences for land and water use and environmental change." "Meat produces more emissions per unit of energy compared with that of plant-based foods because energy is lost at each trophic level." (Science, August 2018) "The most important anthropogenic GHGs are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide (N2O). Meat production results in the emissions of all three and is the single most important source of methane." (Science, August 2018) Methane (formed in the stomachs of ruminant animals such as cows, goats, sheep and buffalo) contributes up to 51 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Methane is released primarily by belching and breathing, and is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon. Animal agriculture of all kinds, including pig and chicken farming, additionally increases deforestation, another major contributor to climate change. Currently, we are in the sixth wave of animal extinction due chiefly to deforestation, loss of habitats and climate change. "The most substantial direct way in which meat production affects biodiversity is through land conversion to agriculture." (Science, August 2018) Animal agriculture also uses a third of all freshwater used in agriculture. (Science, August 2018) Climate change is a very serious global and national issue. Australia is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases per capita of any OECD country, and will also be one of the worst affected by climate change. According to projections by government site "Climate Change in Australia", we will experience an increase in drought and heatwaves, and greater occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events such as wildfires, floods and cyclones as well as loss of inland water and species including those beneficial to our food supply. We, the customers and supporters of the BM Food Co-op ask you to lead on climate change and reflect our values. Unfortunately, too many who claim to be green and sustainable, continue to prop up the meat industry. Rather than hollow claims, we ask you to back these with more difficult decisions, and ban the sale of meat from your outlet. Many global leaders on climate change are calling for a reduction in animal agriculture. Though it may not be popular, the statistics on this bear out the facts. Let’s hope we can all come together to build a better world based on our highest values rather than cave to the need and greed for animal meat, and those that profit from it.

Linda deWilde-Moon
1,515 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to The Hon Melissa Price MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd, Starbucks, McDonalds , 7-Eleven

Warnings on takeaway coffee cups

Over a billion single-use coffee cups end up in landfill each year in Australia and most of the cups that don’t make it into landfill, end up in our environment. Landfill’s greenhouse gases are one of the major factors for climate change and global warming. Coffee cups which don’t make it to landfill end up in our oceans, killing fragile marine life like turtles, dolphins and even whales -- washing up on shore dead with stomachs full of plastic waste. Our waste situation is in crisis and if we don’t do anything about it, it’s only going to get worse. The trouble is that most coffee cups are not recyclable due to a plastic waterproof lining and there is mass confusion about what to do with them. The first option is to avoid this altogether by bringing our own keep cups. Many cafes have signed up to responsiblecafes.org offering a discount if you bring your own cup. But take away coffee cups (and other single-use cups) still persist everywhere. We need clear warnings on these 'so-called' disposable cups. Warning of the danger to the environment, like you see on cigarette packets about cigarettes endangering our health. Warnings on cigarette packaging have worked very well in reducing the rate of smoking which is not considered cool any more. We need the same for takeaway coffee cups. Please, let's have appropriate labelling on takeaway coffee cups now, to inform our behaviour before it’s too late!

Anna Warren
51,600 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

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. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/535 http://christinecronau.com/studies/ 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 www.facebook.com/getafreshstart and instagram @getafreshstart and join our facebook group to get involved The Health Star Disruptors

Jessie Reimers
17,671 supporters