Target: Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Goal: Praise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for helping to reduce waste by feeding the homeless
Every year, America tosses millions of tons of unwanted or unsold food into garbage dumps to rot and transform into climate-disrupting methane gas. Every year, America struggles to feed millions of homeless and impoverished families and individuals. Wouldn’t it be great if we could use some of that wasted food to feed those starving masses, while helping the environment at the same time? The EPA has recently implemented a program to do just that: The Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). Praise EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for overseeing this noble, ambitious program.
According to the EPA’s website, the FRC “is part of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of food and other widely-used everyday items through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.” In 2011, America sent almost forty million tons of wasted food to garbage dumps. Much of that food was actually still edible, and much of it that was not could have been used to enrich nutrient-deprived soils throughout the country. The FRC challenges businesses and organizations to become more proactive in the handling of wasted food.
If more businesses operated in this manner, America would have fewer hungry people and a healthier environment. Sign the petition below to let EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy know that you appreciate her work overseeing the Food Recovery Challenge.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
I was heartened to read about the EPA’s new Food Recovery Challenge program, which endeavors to feed the homeless while helping the environment at the same time. Each year, America sends millions of tons of unused or unsold food to its garbage dumps. And each year, America struggles to feed millions of homeless and impoverished individuals. Much of the wasted food we send to our dumps is actually still edible, and much of the food that is not edible can be used to enrich nutrient deprived soils throughout the country. The Food Recovery Challenge asks businesses and other organizations to take food that would normally go to landfills and instead send it to local homeless shelters. Food in landfills rots and transforms into methane gas, a greenhouse gas that is not at all friendly to our climate.
The Food Recovery Challenge is a brilliant and noble endeavor. Thank you for overseeing this program, and please do everything within your power to promote this program and to compel businesses throughout America to take on this challenge. Thanks again.
[Your Name Here]
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