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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


Jun 20, 2018 koenraad semnck
Jun 20, 2018 Ben Prosser
Jun 20, 2018 Cynthia Jones
Jun 20, 2018 Marcia Ayres
Jun 20, 2018 JANNA PERKINS
Jun 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2018 Tricia Kob
Jun 20, 2018 Tara Spires
Jun 20, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Jun 20, 2018 Yvonne Beran Please, reduce unnecessary waste.
Jun 20, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Jun 19, 2018 Debbie Kelly
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Hewlett Appelbau
Jun 18, 2018 carey mayfield
Jun 18, 2018 Namira Islam
Jun 18, 2018 carolyn gowdy
Jun 18, 2018 Robin Warford
Jun 18, 2018 Sharon Ridlon
Jun 18, 2018 Marti Wheat
Jun 18, 2018 Kimberly Seaburg
Jun 18, 2018 Jean Gizzo
Jun 18, 2018 Charlene Sipe
Jun 18, 2018 Michael Schulz Please stop this process that only leads to food waste and abuse of our natural resources!
Jun 18, 2018 Laurie Czizik Don't waste food!!! What is wrong with us that we'd throw out perfectly good food when people are in need???
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) You can give the ugly produce and food to food banks and shelters.
Jun 18, 2018 Natalie Gray
Jun 18, 2018 Nima Soltani
Jun 18, 2018 Melissa Duralia
Jun 16, 2018 kathy cochran
Jun 13, 2018 Laura Congdon
Jun 13, 2018 Caroline Cunningham
Jun 12, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 11, 2018 Brenda Choi
Jun 10, 2018 ANNA BARRANCO
Jun 10, 2018 ana trillo
Jun 10, 2018 Lhasa Compton
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 Sophie Benger
Jun 7, 2018 Cara Blazucki
Jun 7, 2018 Aida Candeal
Jun 6, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Jun 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jun 4, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jun 2, 2018 Nadia Gibbs
Jun 2, 2018 Jennifer R
Jun 2, 2018 Fátima Pestana

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