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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


Dec 16, 2017 Martha Harris
Dec 16, 2017 Margaret Wilson Please stop throwing away food that could save lives. No one should go hungry. If we can help feed people in the U.S. then let's do it, please!!!!! Stop starvation now!!!!!
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 Elizabeth Rew This has always disturbed me, but have simply assumed that there were possibly terrible economic ramifications for farmers if the practice were discontinued. but I sure don't mind buying cosmetically 'imperfect' produce -- in fact, I would almost trust i
Dec 16, 2017 Theresa Miller
Dec 16, 2017 Erika Ranzi
Dec 16, 2017 Ellen Finkelstein At least, give away ugly food to food banks, soup kitchens, etc. It shouldn't be thrown away.
Dec 16, 2017 Enid Breakstone
Dec 16, 2017 Lynn Purdy
Dec 16, 2017 Catherine Godfrey
Dec 16, 2017 Amanda Curry
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 michelle ponton
Dec 16, 2017 Kristin Waters
Dec 16, 2017 Emily Smith
Dec 16, 2017 Pat Churchman
Dec 16, 2017 Suzanne Shephard Good food is good food. Hey none of US are perfect are we? Give all food a chance!!
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Feed our starving vets and American people. When your starving,you really don't care if it's ugly or not. Quit being wasteful...we have so much....share even if it's ugly!
Dec 16, 2017 Beverly Johnston
Dec 16, 2017 Deborah Moore
Dec 16, 2017 ana roatta
Dec 13, 2017 kathryn jenness
Dec 13, 2017 Tammy Cieslak
Dec 13, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 13, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 13, 2017 Marie Gerbaud
Dec 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Dec 3, 2017 Fern Swecker
Dec 1, 2017 Patricia Lewis
Nov 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2017 Cinzia Moore
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

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