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Americans live in a time of unparalleled abundance. Every grocery store is filled with beautiful, flawless produce.

But did you know that perfection comes at a terrible cost?

According to endfoodwaste.org, retailers across the nation choose to throw away 26% of all produce in the United States is thrown away and therefore never eaten because it's "ugly." As a result, billions of pounds of edible food are thrown away while, at the same time, 48.1 million Americans are food insecure according to Feeding America.

Food that is thrown away simply because it does not meet a certain cosmetic standard is not only a waste of edible food. It's a waste of the resources, from water to fuel, it took to produce the food. As food decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. A report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization entitled "Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources" stated global emissions from food waste in 2007 were estimated at 3.3 gigatons of CO2 equivalent.

Ugly produce, when wisely marketed as seen by the French supermarket chain Intermarché, can actually even raise grocery store revenues. But American consumers aren't even getting the chance to choose between beautiful produce and their slightly flawed but no less nutritious alternatives.

We can't keep wasting edible food like this. Hungry Americans and the environment both deserve better! Call on the top three grocery retailers in the United States; Wal-Mart, Kroeger, and Target; to change their policies on fruit and vegetable cosmetics and implement an Intermarché-inspired marketing campaign to help change the public's perception of "ugly" produce.

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To the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Kroeger, and Target,

As the top three grocery retailers in the United States, I am writing to you to request that you do your part to end food waste in the nation by choosing to sell "ugly" produce in your stores.

According to endfoodwaste.org, retailers across the nation choose to throw away 26% of all produce in the United States is thrown away and therefore never eaten because it's "ugly." As a result, billions of edible food is thrown away while, at the same time, 48.1 million Americans are food insecure according to Feeding America.

Food that is thrown away simply because it does not meet a certain cosmetic standard is not only a waste of edible food. It's a waste of the resources, from water to fuel, it took to produce the food. As food decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. A report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization entitled "Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources" stated global emissions from food waste in 2007 were estimated at 3.3 gigatons of CO2 equivalent.

The FDA has no power over deciding which food is sold or tossed, which is why I'm writing to you, imploring you to do something for hungry Americans and our environment.

While Americans are, indeed, conditioned to only wish to buy the most attractive produce, marketing campaigns like that seen by the French supermarket chain Intermarché have proved that wise marketing can drastically sway perceptions.

Please, do your part to end food waste by changing your policies on fruit and vegetable cosmetics and implement an Intermarché-inspired marketing campaign to help change the public's perception of "ugly" produce.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Mar 27, 2017 Nancy Cohen
Mar 27, 2017 Laura Mannisto
Mar 27, 2017 Marco palomba
Mar 26, 2017 M Busch
Mar 26, 2017 michelle lynn
Mar 26, 2017 Linda Stitt
Mar 26, 2017 Valerie Mertz
Mar 26, 2017 Ann Umland
Mar 26, 2017 E K Cobb
Mar 26, 2017 Anne Sims
Mar 26, 2017 D de Kort
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2017 persian tar thank you
Mar 26, 2017 Carol Popichak
Mar 26, 2017 Mary Staley
Mar 26, 2017 Mary Alexander
Mar 26, 2017 Carole Klawansky
Mar 26, 2017 Anne Davis Reduce the price a little, and I'll be happy to buy it for myself.
Mar 26, 2017 Maria-Rita Christoph
Mar 26, 2017 christine burgess
Mar 26, 2017 Bev Muir
Mar 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Mar 25, 2017 David Smith People everywhere are starving just because FOOD isn't pretty enough? What??
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Ian Kapros Give this food to people that need it. It is still good and healthy.
Mar 25, 2017 Madeleine Broman It's shocking and disrespectful in all sorts of ways to throw edible food away.
Mar 25, 2017 Jonna Woodburn
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Michelle Campbell Wasted food is a total disgrace when we have the poor amongst us.
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Jamie Fischer
Mar 25, 2017 Diana Washburn
Mar 25, 2017 Eileen Bentzen
Mar 25, 2017 Sherry Skogstad
Mar 25, 2017 resi hennebert
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 Mary Oden
Mar 25, 2017 Caroline Kend
Mar 24, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Mar 24, 2017 candace christensen
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 Diane Trelenberg Keeping back blemished foods from our markets MAKES us want perfect foods! Well nature does not create everything perfect....all kinds of things can cause a blemish, a twisted, many lobed fruits. You know this from raising carrots...potatoes!
Mar 24, 2017 Kathleen Mehosky If it's safe to eat, don't waste it!
Mar 24, 2017 DIANN GRUBB LET'S GIVE "UGLY" FOOD A CHANCE. THERE ARE HUNGRY CHILDREN WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF THE FOOD, THEY JUST WANT SOMETHING IN THEIR BELLY!
Mar 24, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Mar 24, 2017 Jeremy Weeks Stop this stupid wasteful practice, Now! Please!
Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 24, 2017 Tim Brand
Mar 24, 2017 Irene de Cardenas Give it to food banks, farms anywhere but the garbage!
Mar 24, 2017 John Frevert

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