Topic

sustainable food

20 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks 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
18,844 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Josh Frydenberg

Palm Oil Promise, Sustainable Palm Oil Labelling

Up to 300 football field sized patches of land are cleared every hour to make room for palm oil plantations.  This is an almost unthinkable amount, anyone who has ever been to a rainforest or even a forest will know that even in a centimetre there is a tremendous amount of life, yet alone in 5364 meters squared. This has had a devastating toll on all wildlife, however, it has especially affected the orangutans, whose population has declined by 50% in the past 10 years. There are only 6,300 Sumatran orangutans left. It is estimated that 1,000 orangutans are killed a year, a major factor in these deaths being forest clearing for palm production. In 2006, at least 1,500 orangutans were clubbed to death by palm workers. (Source). This also has a devastating toll on the environment for every hectare cleared up to 6000 tonnes of carbon dioxide is released. In Indonesia, a current 6 million hectares have been cleared a further 4 million is proposed. This is an inconceivable amount of carbon dioxide polluting the earth’s atmosphere. As well as this in Indonesia, the palm oil industry is responsible for about 5,000 land and human rights conflicts. Nearly 45 million people live in the forests of Indonesia. In 2011, Wilmar (one of the world’s largest palm oil producers) bulldozers ransacked an entire village, destroying 40 homes to clear 40,000 hectares of land for a palm plantation (Source). The way in which the promise would work would be a government regulated background check in order to determine whether or not the palm oil used in a substance is sustainable. The way in which this will work is by pressuring the government to make this happen, campaigning for results.

Palm Oil Promise Australia
1,373 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Woolworths, Coles

We want a Vegan Aisle!

Veganism is booming, in a way that’s totally unprecedented, which is wonderful for humans and all the other animals on the planet. More and more people are realising the benefits of a vegan lifestyle every day. However, it’s really challenging to find good-quality pre-packaged vegan foods in local supermarkets. There’s a big gap in the market here, and you guys can fill it!Of course, there’s always good ol’ fruit and veg, but surely it would be a wise move for bigger supermarkets to start stocking a wider range of vegan products, like mock meats, desserts and drinks? Not only will this encourage vegan shoppers to return to mainstream supermarkets in their local areas, it would also encourage more non-vegans to think about making the change. The way that vegan products are currently spread across stores is challenging for a bunch of reasons. First, shoppers miss them, particularly if it’s a flying visit to grab something quick for dinner. Secondly, it creates extra work for stocking and merchandising and thirdly, it makes vegans reluctant to wander through aisles that contain products that they have no wish for. The solution?A vegan aisle in the supermarket! Heck, even a few bays would do it! More and more people are choosing a cruelty-free lifestyle. Providing a vegan section in the supermarket would:• Make cruelty-free options more accessible to more customers• Give customers greater confidence when choosing products• Reduce the stress of shopping for vegan items• Create a more favourable opinion of big brand supermarkets So please, big supermarkets, please add a vegan shopping section… for people, for the animals and for the planet! (PS: It won’t hurt your profits, either!)

Brian Hallmond
10,701 supporters