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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


Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 16, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Aug 16, 2018 Kristina Cunha
Aug 16, 2018 Paul Statman
Aug 16, 2018 K.J. Herson
Aug 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2018 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 15, 2018 Mary Bergman
Aug 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2018 Bob Kluger
Aug 9, 2018 PATRICIA PUCKETT It is disgusting how much food we Americans throw away everyday
Aug 9, 2018 James Turner Jr
Aug 9, 2018 Charla Fletcher
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Julie Martin
Aug 8, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Aug 8, 2018 felipe guillen
Aug 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2018 Allison Lansberry
Aug 6, 2018 Robert & Ilardi
Aug 6, 2018 Maureen Reilly
Aug 6, 2018 Iona Kentwell
Aug 5, 2018 Brian Kelly
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 4, 2018 Mark Pendleton
Aug 3, 2018 marita hanse
Aug 3, 2018 alexa kasper
Aug 2, 2018 Lianna Philip
Aug 1, 2018 Amber Williams
Aug 1, 2018 Catherine Holzman
Aug 1, 2018 Alyssa Gonzalez
Aug 1, 2018 Ambur Davis
Aug 1, 2018 Marcia Summers
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Teresa Wass
Aug 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2018 Heather Simons
Aug 1, 2018 Gretchen Stallworth
Aug 1, 2018 Steve Conrad
Aug 1, 2018 Greg Steuck Frankly, throwing away perfectly edible food is unconscionable.
Aug 1, 2018 yola ileen gitter Damaged food is still good in many cases and should be saved to feed the hungry who can't afford food. The enormous waste only keeps people hungry and fills up the land fills. People need to eat.
Aug 1, 2018 Dabney Mueller
Aug 1, 2018 Janine Hicks
Aug 1, 2018 Bernadette Andaloro
Aug 1, 2018 Steven Adams
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2018 loreli Wolf
Jul 30, 2018 Angel Woytovich
Jul 29, 2018 Bert Richardson
Jul 29, 2018 Melissa Newman

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