Sustainable Food

94 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman


Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
70,898 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ambassador Eom, Seock-jeong (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sweden), Ambassador Kim Sook (Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the United Nations), Ambassador Park Suk-hwan (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in United Kingdom), Ambassador Kim Jong-Il (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Switzerland), Minister Kim Sung-Hwan (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Ambassador Jae Shin Kim (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Germany), Ambassador Choi Young-jin (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States), Ambassador Hee-yong Cho (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Canada), Ambassador Cho Whan-Bok (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Mexico), Ambassador Lee Byong Hyun (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Norway), Ambassador Kim Young-Seok (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Italy), Ambassador Byung-ho Kim (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Denmark), Ambassador Il-Soo Kim (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Israel), Ambassador Dae-sung Oh (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Spain), Ambassador Hye-min Lee (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in France), Consul General Jin-soo Kim, Prosecutor General Han Sang-Dae, Governor Kim Moon-Soo, Commissioner Hee-Sung Lee, Minister Yoo Young Sook, Minister Rim Che-Min (Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs), Ambassador Cho Tae-Yong (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Australia), President Hong Suk-Woo, CEO Yoon Young-Doo, CEO Cho Yang-Ho, Governor Choi Moon-Soon, Governor Kim Du Kwan, Governor Kim Kwan Yong, President Lee Myung-Bak, Mayor Hur Nam-Sik, Prime Minister Mr. Kim Hwang-sik, Mayor Park Won Soon, Chairman & CEO Il Sa-Kong, Minister Kwon Jae-Jin, Mayor Lee Jae-Myung, Governor Ahn Hee-Jung, Korea Herald, Ambassador Lim Jae-Hong, Minister Suh Kyu-Yong (Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Foresstry and Fisheries)

South Korea: Please stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats

Please watch this undercover video from South Korean dog meat industry and share it with everyone! Every year, two million South Korean dogs and cats, the majority of whom are homeless, are captured by butchers and sold in open markets. They await the most gruesome fate—dogs are slowly and agonizingly torn apart, electrocuted, strangled, or beaten to death while cats are bludgeoned and boiled alive for human consumption. The cruelty and suffering is one of unimaginable horror. A Dog's Life: Dogs live in tiny cages above the ground all their lives. They are separated from their mothers at an early age and some are slaughtered as pups; they do not feel what walking on the ground is like; they cannot mingle with other dogs other than those in cages beside them; they suffer summer heat and freezing winters outdoors; they are not given water; they have to eat human food waste such as kimchi; they get no exercise; they have been known to have their eardrums burst to prevent them from barking--every natural instinct they have is thwarted by the inhumane and tortuous conditions they must live under. A Dog's Death: Dogs are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burned to death. There is a perverted belief that the meat tastes better if dogs have high adrenaline levels in their meat before they die. Therefore, some dogs are made to experience extreme fear and suffering leading up to their deaths. Some dogs are hanged and then beaten while they are hanging and still alive. Others are hanged and then a blow torch is used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. Others still are simply beaten and tortured to death. Generally, at the markets, dogs are electrocuted and then their necks are broken. A Dog's Products: Dogs are turned into dog meat, dog meat soup, dog liquor, and dog "health" elixirs. Dubious health claims are made about dog products, including the typical claim that it assists male stamina and sexual prowess. Such pathetic claims are made throughout Asia with regard to all manner of animal products to attract equally pathetic male customers. In Korea, over the hottest days of the year, people follow a custom of eating dog meat because it allegedly increases energy. Exercising for health and energy is apparently too much hard work for dog meat eaters. South Korean's Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991, considers dogs to be "domestic pets," but the shadowy and illicit world of the dog and cat industry flourishes because of the shameful indifference of the South Korean government. "I asked about the eating of dogs and was told over and over that it didn't happen anymore. You can imagine my shock and horror upon getting lost in one of the huge markets in downtown Taegu. I looked down and saw the head of a dog with its legs stuffed in its mouth. I saw limbs that were skinned. Everywhere I turned there were dogs in cages. The smell was overwhelming. That market, that sweltering hot August day, was what I envisioned hell to be like." –An American teacher in South Korea I urge you to also send an email directly to the President of S. Korea here: Click here to find more ways to help fight South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty!

Minjeong Kim
123,394 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Town of Berryville, McDonald's

Tell Town Council- No McDonald's in Berryville!

The small, historic town of Berryville, Virginia has maintained it's small town feel and local business integrity since the humble beginnings of town, when George Washington surveyed the land in 1750. The Town of Berryville, and everyone in it, have supported local businesses and sustainable farming techniques ever since I can remember, and we should not change that. The Town of Berryville is about to let a McDonald's fast food restaurant build in front of the Shop 'n Save grocery store on Route 340. While this is a convenient meal option, and a good source of tax revenue for the town, this is not a good establishment. Fast food is terrible for our health. Feeding ourselves and our children with fast food is linked to rapid weight gain, an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular health problems. Not to mention the high levels of sodium, fat, sugar, and preservatives. We should be looking out for our future generations, making sure they understand the value of proper nutrition, and we should not invite a large corporation to build in our historic, beautiful town. Today, it's McDonalds, tomorrow, Walmart. Help us stop the building of the Berryville VA McDonald's Restaurant before it begins by signing and sharing our petition. We would love to be able to present this to the town council in early-mid 2017, so please spread the word!

Bradly Braithwaite
460 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to James Snee, Luis Marconi, Alfred Almanza

Stop the Unhealthy and Inhumane High-Speed Slaughter of Pigs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to expand a flawed pilot program that allows select slaughterhouses to dramatically speed up their slaughter lines, while simultaneously pulling back on government oversight. I recently worked undercover at one of these pilot facilities, and captured on video the shocking ways this program fails to protect animal welfare--and American food safety. Please join me in telling USDA and Hormel it’s time to stop this high-speed, reduced-inspection pilot program, known as HIMP. By shifting key inspection responsibilities to the slaughterhouses themselves, this program is allowing animal abuse and food safety problems to increasingly go unchecked. Consumers deserve more, not less, oversight in food production. Before going undercover at Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota, I knew that I would see appalling abuses and nightmarish animal suffering—that’s unavoidable at a slaughter plant, especially one that processes 1,300 pigs each hour. But what I didn’t expect was how rare it would be to encounter a government inspector on the kill floor, or how many pigs would be processed into Spam or other Hormel products despite being sick, injured, riddled with pus-filled abscesses, or covered in feces. Even knowing what I did about animal cruelty, I naively believed that the government was at least making sure that the food supply was safe—but I don’t believe that anymore. Now, I know that our government has rubber-stamped a program that gives the profit-driven pork industry free reign to “monitor” itself. I documented plant employees, under pressure to keep up with the facility’s high operating speeds, dragging, kicking, beating, and excessively shocking pigs. I even saw pigs regaining consciousness on the slaughter line—a major violation of federal law. But, I never saw the workers being held accountable for these or other abuses, and it’s no wonder—why would a company “inspector” blow the whistle on his coworkers and employer? Let’s demand that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to live up to its name and do just that—meaningfully inspect our nation’s slaughterhouses. It can’t continue to bow to pressure from industry giants like Hormel. We must end this high-speed slaughter program, which replaces highly-trained inspectors with untrained, industry employees—with devastating results for animals, workers, and consumers. In Solidarity, “Jay” (Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator)

Compassion Over Killing
194,641 supporters