Target: Donnie Smith, CEO of Tyson Foods
Goal: Stop practices that have resulted in mass pollution of the nation’s essential water supply.
The Tyson company has deposited over one million pounds of pollution into our water supply, including manure from factory farms, fertilizer runoff from growing the grains used to feed its chickens, and waste from the processing plants. The pollution spreads all the way from Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, a staggering amount of filth contaminating one of the world’s most-needed resources and all from a company that claims to be providing fresh and wholesome chicken.
Tyson foods is one of the biggest and most well-known producers of meat and poultry. Its chicken, both fresh and frozen, is one of the biggest-selling brands in supermarkets and the company’s advertising boasts 100 percent real chicken in its frozen products–no fillers or chemicals. It advertises to mothers looking for wholesome food for their children on busy days and it provides chicken to various companies and restaurants. There is a debate over just how fresh its chicken is, but whether or not their claims are true, there is one thing it is not innocent of: pollution.
Factory farms as a whole cause far more trouble for our environment and for consumers than their supposed benefits are worth, but Tyson in particular is one of the biggest polluters currently in existence. This is not only due to its factory farming, but from the waste produced by its plants and the processes used to create and package its products.
This planet and everyone on it needs clean water to survive, so we must stop Tyson’s factories and processing plants from contaminating our supply. Tyson needs to find cleaner, more eco-friendly sources of energy and methods of farming to better serve the consumers they seek to reach. Sign this petition to push for Tyson to clean up both its methods and our water supply.
Dear Mr. Smith,
Please seek out cleaner energy sources and production methods for your factories and plants. Your company is responsible for much of the country’s water pollution due to the waste from your plants and your factory farms. Your advertisements boast fresh and natural products, but these clearly come at the cost of clean water.
We need clean water to thrive. Your company needs to stand behind its claims and produce your fresh, wholesome products in a more eco-friendly manner. As of right now, your company is one of the biggest polluters in the country, but it does not need to be.
[Your Name Here]
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