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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


May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Karla Schmidt 1948 habe ich mit meinem Bruder viele Monate auf dem Bauernhof gelebt, weil in der Stadt nicht genug zum Essen war. Es gab jeden Tag "ugly food", das war normal. Und wir leben immer noch! Wozu also vergeuden, wegwerfen ?
May 20, 2018 Natalya MacNeil Everyone has the right to eat & not go hungry.
May 20, 2018 Louise M.R.
May 20, 2018 Liekelieke Najoan Ugly Food Shouldn't Go to Waste!
May 20, 2018 Emily Boone
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) This is just the right thing to do, included should be Acme and Shoprite and all other grocery retailers. Throwing food away is just wrong and we have so many people that are going to bed hungry.
May 20, 2018 Richard Dotter
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) disgusting to throw away good food just because it isn't pretty - think how many hungry people don't give a flying leap what the outside looks like as long as the inside of the food is edible. Any store that tosses out 'ugly' food should be ashamed
May 20, 2018 Carol Cook
May 20, 2018 marguerite white vegetable and any food are important and does it matter if something looks different as long as it taste and looks the right colour.
May 20, 2018 Michelle Mainieri
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 carole cooke
May 20, 2018 Lee Vanderlin
May 20, 2018 Romula DSilva
May 20, 2018 Blake Winter
May 20, 2018 Jean Kurniawan
May 20, 2018 Kathleen Roberts food banks/pantries/meal sites
May 20, 2018 Michael Crowden
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 Duane Shoen
May 20, 2018 Leora Yoak
May 20, 2018 Debbi Wood
May 20, 2018 Nico Sandman
May 20, 2018 Richard Sullivan
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) STOP THE WASTE.
May 20, 2018 Laura Loukota
May 20, 2018 Sheila Collins Please don't allow people to go hungry and throw away perfectly good food.
May 20, 2018 Heinz Schmidt ich kann mit "ugly produce" gut und gerne leben. Ich sehe ueberhaupt kein Problem damit, solche Waren zu kaufen. Wal-Mart, Kroeger und Target sollten in der Lage sein, das zu managen oder lernen, wie man das macht!
May 20, 2018 Barbara Jolley "Ugly" food can still be edible food - there are too many hungry people in this country to waste it.
May 20, 2018 Heinz Schmidt ich habe in der Kirche gelernt, dass es eine SUENDE ist Essen weg zu werfen. Solange es Menschen gibt, die verhungern, sollten wir anders damit umgehen. Ich war 1945 selbst Fluechtling und weiss genau, was Hunger ist.
May 20, 2018 Dana Schmidt Gebt das Essen denen die es brauchen und verschwendet nicht die Ressourcen die wir dringend woanders brauchen
May 20, 2018 Connie Coe I would by ‘ugly food’ at a lesser price.
May 20, 2018 Susan Stevens The food waste culture in modern society is disgusting.
May 20, 2018 Susan Chitty Special racks should be displayed so people can purchase at reduced prices — grocers used to do this when people weren’t so offended at everything
May 20, 2018 Michele Busler
May 20, 2018 Ed Zehel
May 20, 2018 Glória Cardoso
May 20, 2018 Paula Cardoso
May 20, 2018 mary streaker i grew up on a farm we ate " ugly" food it didn't hurt us tasted just the same as the rest
May 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 jUANITA vELA
May 16, 2018 Suzanne Payne
May 16, 2018 Dianne Derin
May 13, 2018 tamara eis
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please donate the “ ugly” food instead of throwing away! Thanks!
May 11, 2018 Peter Houle
May 10, 2018 Liz Menges
May 7, 2018 Brandy Fielder

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