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Sustainable Food

149 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Chris Kempczinski, Jano Cabrera, Cindy Goody, PhD, MBA, RD, LDN, Morgan Flatley, Linda VanGosen, Steve Easterbrook

It's Time For A Healthy, Meatless Option (Please!)

My name is Kathy Freston. I'm an author of books like Clean Protein and The Book of Veganish, and some of you may have seen me talking about healthy living and conscious eating with Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz, or others on television or in print. I've been fortunate enough to reach millions of people with a positive message, and with this petition I’m hoping to bring a positive change to America with a mainstream meatless option at McDonald’s! Adding plant-based protein options at McDonald's will appeal to workers out for a quick lunch, families with health-conscious members out to dinner, children on field trips, and anyone looking for something different than the current menu at McDonald’s where even the french fries contain beef flavoring (they don't in Europe, incidentally)! According to a recent survey, more than one-third of Americans already buy meat substitutes for reasons that range from health to ethics! So why not make a meatless option available at one of America’s favorite restaurant chains for everyone to enjoy? Healthy living should be about progress, not perfection, and this is an easy step that McDonald’s could be taking. Sales of meat substitutes in the U.S. bring in over $553 million a year and visionaries like Bill Gates of Microsoft and Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter are helping fund some of the many meatless options in development for mass markets. Meanwhile competitors like Chipotle have new braised tofu Sofritas, Tropical Smoothie added vegan chicken strips, and Burger King has a veggie burger! That's not even getting into the fact that KFC has vegan chicken in Canada (really, try it!), Subway already has a veggie patty, and McDonald's Canada has veggie wraps!  We Americans love a protein center to our meal, so veggies and salads alone (or even in a wrap) won’t do the trick; we want something hearty and protein-centric just like the burgers and sandwiches you already have, only with something plant-based instead. In September, McDonald's partnered with President Bill Clinton (who improved his own health by eating plant-based foods) and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to make some youth marketing improvements, but still left me and many members of the public wondering about people of all ages looking to lower cholesterol, reduce saturated fat intake, and cut calories. Offering an option that is completely without animal products is ideal, not only for those who don’t eat animal products for ethical reasons, but for those who are lactose intolerant or have egg allergies. Like many Americans, I’m over this "all or nothing" way of thinking by powerful decision makers in the government and in the corporate world. We need to work together to find positive ways to work towards common goals like eating healthier, farming sustainably, and treating animals with respect. In that spirit, one very simple step can come from fast food giant McDonald's adding a healthy, plant-based item to the menu in the United States. Truly, there can be something for everyone! Please sign my petition to support adding a healthy, meatless option at McDonald's.

Kathy Freston
231,513 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Carmen Rottenberg, James Snee, Luis Marconi, Sonny Perdue, Paul Kiecker, Hormel Foods, Dr. Mindy Brashears

Not So Fast, USDA: Stop the Unhealthy & Inhumane High-Speed Slaughter!

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, while also allowing these plants to operate at extremely high kill speeds, 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, 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. Let’s demand that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service live up to its name and do just that—meaningfully regulate and 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, Scott David (former Compassion Over Killing undercover investigator) October 2017 Update: With a proposal to expand the dangerous HIMP pig slaughter program on the horizon, chickens and turkeys are facing a similar threat. The industry has petitioned the USDA to lift the current maximum line speed of 140 birds per minute (that’s already more than 2 birds every second!). Such a waiver of the cap would essentially allow plants to operate at any speed—a serious danger to animals, workers, and consumers.In 2015, I worked inside Mountaire Farms in North Carolina—operating at speeds of up to 140 birds per minute. I saw live birds being thrown into piles with the dead as workers only had time to perform split-second checks of their condition, fallen birds being thrown across the room, and birds having their heads caught in the shackles as workers rushed to keep up. As investigations and government inspection records reveal, improper shackling can even lead to the kill blade slicing birds open in places other than their throat, and the birds then entering the scalding tank alive. Yet the industry has ignored these risks in a sly attempt to line its own pockets by trying to make slaughter lines run even faster. Please join me in telling the USDA, “Not so fast!”

Compassion Over Killing
264,307 supporters
This petition won 2 days ago

Petition to California Farmers' Market Association

Ban the sale of foie gras in your farmers' markets

Farmers’ markets promote values that many of us agree are important. One of those values is ethical and sustainable food production. Sadly, there are vendors that do not abide by this value. In my home state of California, there are vendors at farmers’ markets selling foie gras, a product derived through the inhumane treatment of ducks and geese. Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks or geese massive amounts of corn until their livers swell up to 10 times their normal size. These livers, diseased and full of fatty deposits, are considered a “delicacy” by some, and are sold for a high price. Sadly, a California ban on foie gras was overturned by a court based on a technicality. While our lawmakers figure out next steps, organizations such as the California Farmers’ Market Association (CFMA) can take action. This petition is calling on the CFMA to ban foie gras from certified farmers’ markets they manage. Most ducks used to produce Foie Gras are kept in tiny cages their entire lives. Several times a day, workers ram a long metal pipe down the throats of the ducks, and pump 2 pounds of pressurized feed into the birds stomachs. The vast amount of feed pumped down the ducks' throats causes enormous internal pressure. Some birds literally burst, choke to death on their own vomit, or become so weak that they are unable to fend off rats from eating them alive. Experts believe the animals experience unspeakable pain and suffering, and birds have literally exploded from the force feedings. In addition to the horrific force-feeding, foie gras ducks and geese live in the same deplorable conditions as other factory-farmed animals: overcrowded cages that are so small they are unable to stretch their wings, feathers covered in waste because they cannot groom or bathe, and no social interaction with other birds. The suffering of these animals is too high a price to pay for any meal. It’s simple: a food item produced through the torture of animals has no place in farmers’ markets, or anywhere else. Several restaurants and retailers—such as Costco, Safeway, Target, Giant Eagle, Whole Foods Market and Wolfgang Puck—refuse to sell foie gras. CFMA needs to do the same. Foie gras has to go, and the CFMA has the power to make that change. Please join me in urging the California Farmers’ Markets Association to ban sales of foie gras at any certified farmers’ market they manage. Thank you. I urge you to watch the following videos which will drive home the barbaric cruelty and abuse involved in producing Foie Gras:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F4SIkRprrc  -  60 second version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQDF_8f8Bw -  5 minute version

Mohan Gurunathan
126,725 supporters
This petition won 1 month ago

Petition to infant formula companies in Japan

We need ready-to-feed baby formula in Japan!

In Japan, infant formula can only be found in powders.  Despite the big praise given to liquid formula bottles at time of quake disaster in Japan, after 3 years companies are still reluctant to start development.  So let's let them know that our need is strong!   In Japan, infant formula can only be found in powders.  This is because breast milk substitute defined in food hygiene law is quoted as "powdered" milk formula. Liquid formula gained attention at the 3.11 disaster of earthquake and tsunami when mothers living aboard saved sheltered mums and their babies by sending donation of foreign made ready to feed milk and bottles.  Mums were able to feed babies without cleansing/sterilising bottles or boiling clean water, both of which were incapable at shelters. While majority of the country still don't know about liquid formula, mothers around me are eager to have them launched in Japan, especially the ready to feed bottles with disposable teats that can be used for outings and most importantly be stocked as emergency supplies. There should be more voices like ours, so l would like to bundle these opinions and bring them to infant formula companies. I believe a massive voice can move companies to push the government to update their regulation. Please join me in making a small request for a big big change in raising kids in Japan.   View this petition in Japanese: http://goo.gl/bccuCG

末永 恵理
42,891 supporters