Food retailers waste 43 billion pounds of food every year (Sierra Club Stat)

Note: Just received this from my friend Honey. Even though it says “Come Thanksgiving….” and it has come and gone, the message from Sierra Club is still important…..

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Tell America’s largest supermarkets to curb food waste and donate unused food.

Come Thanksgiving, 1 in 7 American families won’t have enough to eat, although an overwhelming percent of the country’s overall food supply goes uneaten.1 Thankfully, there are many solutions food retailers can enact to turn this problem around.
In the United States, grocery stores account for ten percent of overall food waste.2 Food retailers generate waste by overstocking, demanding” cosmetic perfection” in produce, pushing promotions, and creating confusing sell-by dates.3 Together, these practices lead to billions of pounds of unused food generated by American grocery stores that end up in our landfills every year.4

Food retailers must address this major food waste crisis.

To solve this problem, Americans can look to France for guidance. In an unprecedented move, France banned food waste in large grocery stores. French supermarkets cannot legally throw away or destroy unused food. Instead, they are now required by law to donate unused food to local food banks and charities.5

Ask America’s largest grocery store brands to follow France’s example.

The environmental impact of food waste cannot be understated. If food waste was included in a list of countries ranked by their greenhouse gas emissions, it would come in third place after the United States and China.6 In addition, food waste represents a huge loss of freshwater and groundwater resources and agricultural land usage.

Demand that America’s largest grocery store brands curb food waste and donate unused food to the people who need it the most.

In it together,

Suz Amedi
SierraRise

Tell America’s largest supermarkets to curb food waste and donate unused food.

GO to add.up.org to sign the petition and see other news from Sierra Club.

(I tried to cut and paste the link, but not working, but was able to put the picture of food waste below and  SierraRise logo into my WordPress media. es)

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This email was sent by the Sierra Club

2101 Webster St., Suite 1300 Oakland, CA 94612

References:
1. Bello, Marisol. (16 April 2014). “Hunger In America: 1 in 7 Rely on Food Banks.” USA TODAY.
2. Dvorsky, George. (5 February 2016). “Why the US May Never Pass a Food Waste Law Like France.” Gizmodo.
3. Jacobs, Harrison. (15 October 2014). “Why Grocery Stores Like Trader Joe’s Throw Out So Much Perfectly Good Food.” Business Insider.
4. Dvorsky, George. (5 February 2016). “Why the US May Never Pass a Food Waste Law Like France.” Gizmodo.
5. Chrisafis, Angelique. (4 February 2016). “French Law Forbids Food Waste by Supermarkets.” The Guardian.
6. (11 May 2015). “The Environmental Impact of Food Waste.” Move for Hunger.
Photo Credit: Emmet / CC0

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