Target: Loblaws CEO Galen Weston Jr.
Goal: Applaud the efforts of Canada’s largest grocery store to reduce food waste.
Canada’s largest food retailer is taking a major step toward eliminating food waste. Instead of tossing bruised apples and misshapen potatoes in the trash, the store is offering them at a lower price. This small action has great benefits for the environment and social justice, and more grocery stores should join Loblaws in its effort to reduce food waste.
In normal circumstances, fruit or vegetables in a grocery store’s produce section get thrown away if they have bruises or other marks. “Ugly” produce doesn’t sell as well, so most stores don’t bother keeping it on the shelf. This is unfortunate, considering Canadians waste 40 percent of their food, and Americans waste 30 percent. In America, 133 billion pounds of the 430 billion pounds of available food we have goes uneaten. That excess could go to feed the thousands of hungry people in our country.
Offering ugly produce at a lower price does many things. First, it gives more people better access to healthy foods. The aesthetic value of produce often makes it hard for families to buy fruits and vegetables, when in reality it could be readily available at a reasonable price. Secondly, it reduces the amount of food going to landfills, which has a detrimental effect on the environment. Rotting food that can’t decompose in a landfill releases large amounts of methane. Globally, methane from food waste accounts for seven percent of greenhouse gases.
What Loblaws is doing is setting an example for other grocery store chains to reduce their food waste. Since ugly produce tastes just as good as what’s on the shelf, stores have little to lose in offering their bruised fruits and vegetables at a lower price. Sign this petition to congratulate and thank Loblaws grocery stores in Canada for this decision, in hopes that other grocery chains will soon follow.
Dear Mr. Weston,
Thank you for your admirable efforts at reducing food waste in your grocery stores. Offering “ugly” produce at a lower price is a great way to ensure that everybody has access to healthy foods and lessen the impact food waste has on our environment.
Americans waste about 30 percent of food produced, and Canadians waste 40 percent, which could instead be going to feed hungry families. Farmers, too, throw away a large amount of the produce they grow because it isn’t pretty enough for grocery store shelves. Our landfills are mostly comprised of rotting food that can’t decompose, and sometimes it seems that grocery chains are only adding to the problem.
If other markets and grocery chains could follow your example of offering imperfect fruits and veggies at a lower price, we could begin to curb our global food waste and hunger problems. Thank you again for making this beneficial move for environmental and social justice.
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