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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

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


Nov 24, 2017 Susan O\'Connor
Nov 23, 2017 Patricia Ferguson
Nov 23, 2017 Arleen Barber
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 21, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Pamela McNutt
Nov 11, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed) We implore you to put an end to this waste of edible food. Be a force to change this. Thank you.
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel
Nov 9, 2017 Terena Powell Fresh deli/bakery and restaurant food should be given also. Waste. Waste. We're such an unfeeling society.
Nov 9, 2017 Pauline Bernoski
Nov 8, 2017 Laurie Aman
Nov 8, 2017 Brandi Greer
Nov 8, 2017 April Rodriguez
Nov 8, 2017 David Mowry
Nov 8, 2017 Brian Johnson
Nov 8, 2017 Susie Turcotte
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please find a way for people to use and eat "flawed" food. IT is a terrible waste of resources to throw away 26% of food due to "ugly" appearance
Nov 8, 2017 Raphael Kiernan
Nov 8, 2017 clara antillon sargent
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 8, 2017 Betty Hatfield
Nov 8, 2017 Josephine Polifroni
Nov 8, 2017 Lyssa Twomey
Nov 8, 2017 Emily Rhinier It is absolutely ridiculous how much food is wasted in the US!!!
Nov 8, 2017 Penny Dixon
Nov 8, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Nov 8, 2017 sirena green
Nov 8, 2017 Valerie Sisson It is so stupid and such a waste It all tastes the same who is so jaded they need perfect food?
Nov 8, 2017 Elora Hartmann
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 Kimberly Ann I'll eat it !!!
Nov 8, 2017 Carol Webb Americans waste far too much food!! Just because it doesn't look good doesn't mean it doesn't taste good!! Food banks can give this produce to those who need it.
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 8, 2017 Barbara Hobbs
Nov 8, 2017 Gertrud Bessai If you don't want to sell it - give it to the foodbank - there are far too many hungry people!
Nov 8, 2017 Cynthia Squires
Nov 8, 2017 Kay Boyle We waste SOOOO much - while others are starving. Please re-think your food policies. Thank you.
Nov 8, 2017 Dianna Hughes
Nov 8, 2017 John Confar
Nov 8, 2017 Andrea Rossi
Nov 8, 2017 Janet Liss There is no reason to discard "ugly" food when so many in our society are hungry. If fresh food is going to be dumped simply because of appearance, it is our obligation to give it to shelters or food banks. We have no right to throw it away.
Nov 8, 2017 Jennifer Shryock
Nov 8, 2017 Rachel Nichols
Nov 8, 2017 Kim Anthony
Nov 8, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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