Schlagwort-Archive: FRIENDS of the EARTH

Quick signature needed: Stop Amazon and grocery stores from selling GMO apples

https://action.foe.org/page/7526/action/1

Tell Amazon and grocery stores: Don’t sell Intrexon’s GMO apples.

Biotech giant Intrexon just announced that it wants to expand production of its GMO apples. And it’s working with companies like Amazon and major grocery stores to sell them.

These “Franken-apples” are unlabeled, so we could be eating them and not know it. Producing them may lead to an increase in pesticide use and may have other unintended consequences for our health and environment. And they could contaminate non-GMO and organic orchards. Meanwhile, all the benefits would go to Intrexon.

We need your help to stop Amazon and grocery stores from selling this risky GMO!

https://action.foe.org/page/7526/action/1

Tell Amazon and grocery stores: Don’t sell Intrexon’s GMO apples.

The “Arctic Apple®” is completely unnecessary and purely cosmetic. It was engineered to not turn brown when cut. But there are non-GMO and organic non-browning apples that have been naturally bred — and browning can be prevented with lemon juice or another source of vitamin C.

These GMO apples are engineered using an experimental, new GMO technique called RNA interference. But scientific studies have found that genetic engineering techniques like this may result in genetic errors that could have consequences for people and the planet. This apple, whether sliced or dried, is genetically unpredictable, hasn’t been properly assessed and will not be labeled as a GMO.

In other words, this product is only for Intrexon’s profit, and puts you, farmers and the environment at risk!

https://action.foe.org/page/7526/action/1

Tell Amazon and other big grocery stores that you don’t want GMO apples!

We can still keep this apple off our plates. Early on, major apple purchasers like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Gerber listened to you and committed to not to sell Intrexon’s GMO apples.

What’s more, Europe is clamping down on these new genetically engineered products. Unlike in the U.S., the EU recently decided that new GMOs must be fully regulated and labeled. We also deserve to know what we are buying and to eat safe food.

We need your help to tell companies like Amazon that they shouldn’t be selling this new, risky, unlabeled GMO apple. These companies listen to customers like you — but we need you to speak up now!

https://action.foe.org/page/7526/action/1

Tell Amazon and major grocery stores to say no to GMO apples.

Standing with you,
Dana Perls,
Food and agriculture program,
Friends of the Earth

Quick signature needed: Risky GMOs have got to go

Friends of the Earth

Tell companies like General Mills, Mars, and Nestle: New GMOs aren’t natural!

https://action.foe.org/page/7389/action/1

New GMOs like GMO stevia, vanillin, CRISPR corn and soy are sneaking onto the market and onto our plates in the US. And hundreds more are in the pipeline.

A growing body of science is raising concerns about the impacts these new, unlabeled genetically engineered foods may have on our health and environment. But the Trump administration is allowing them on the market ahead of safety assessments, regulations or even labeling. Worse, many of these ingredients are being marketed as “natural” and “sustainable” and even non-GMO!

The good news is, big companies like Campbell’s, General Mills, Mars, Nestle and Panera are starting to listen to customers demanding truly natural and healthy ingredients. They have committed to remove artificial flavors and colors and label GMOs. Unfortunately, these and other companies may intentionally or unintentionally replace these artificial ingredients with new ones being derived from genetic engineering that are marketed as “natural.” We need your help to stop that from happening!

https://action.foe.org/page/7389/action/1

Tell companies like General Mills, Mars, and Nestle: New GMOs aren’t natural!

Recent studies have shown major concerns about new GMOs engineered with techniques like gene editing. They may contaminate the environment, produce surprise toxins, generate unpredictable genetic responses and more.

The European Union has started to recognize the risks of these products. It recently decided that new gene edited plants and animals must be treated like GMOs and be regulated and assessed for safety. But here in the U.S., the FDA and USDA are still not stepping up.

This opens the door for major companies to source new GMO ingredients like GMO vanillin flavor or GMO stevia sweetener, and call them “natural” or “sustainable.”

People across the country are increasingly demanding transparency and truly healthy, natural ingredients, not GMOs. The growth in the non-GMO and organic food sector proves it.

https://action.foe.org/page/7389/action/1

Tell major food companies that you want truly natural ingredients, not new genetically engineered products.

Companies like Cargill claim that new genetically engineered stevia-like sweetener would not be required to be labeled as a GMO, even though it is clearly made using genetic engineering. This trend could not only leave the public in the dark about what they are eating, but also leaves the environment more vulnerable to potential risks.

Any change to genes can have unintended impacts on an organism, species or ecosystem and newer genetic engineering applications may be even more unpredictable.

The FDA and USDA are pandering to big chemical and genetic engineering companies instead of protecting our health and environment and letting these new GMOs slip into our food system unregulated and unlabeled. So we need big food companies to take leadership and listen to consumer demand for transparency, real food ingredients, and true sustainability.

https://action.foe.org/page/7389/action/1

Tell companies like Campbell’s, General Mills, Mars, Nestle and Panera to replace artificial ingredients with truly natural plant-based ingredients, not ingredients derived from genetic engineering!

Standing with you,
Dana Perls,
Food and agriculture program,
Friends of the Earth

Quick signature needed: Palm oil

FRIENDS of the EARTH

 

Tell the biggest investors in the U.S. to stop funding rainforest destruction and conflict palm oil!

https://action.foe.org/page/7245/action/1

A palm oil company in Liberia is driving deforestation, wildlife habitat destruction, and human rights violations in some of the most dense rainforests in West Africa.

These forests are home to chimpanzees, hippos, and communities who have lived and worked there for generations. But Golden Veroleum Liberia and its primary investor Golden Agri-Resources are actively destroying these forests and exploiting the communities who call them home.

These companies are backed by some of the biggest Wall Street financial institutions — including Blackrock, Vanguard, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and TIAA. In order to stop the destruction of these lands and communities, we need your help to stop investors from enabling it!

Tell the biggest investors in the U.S. to stop funding rainforest destruction and conflict palm oil!

https://action.foe.org/page/7245/action/1

Earlier this year, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the certification body for the palm oil industry, confirmed that GVL used coercion and intimidation to force villagers to sign agreements, destroyed community sacred sites, and continues to operate on communities’ lands without their consent.

Giant U.S. investment firms’ connection to this destruction may not be immediately obvious. But the truth is, they’re propping up GVL and all the harm it’s causing. They know GVL and GAR have destroyed chimpanzee habitat, violated sacred sites, and coerced villagers to sign over their lands.

Several investment firms have promised to ‘engage’ with GVL to get the company to change its ways. One firm claimed that it tried to reach GVL but the company failed to respond. And the others? Radio silence.

But this isn’t fixing the problem. In fact, current reports from Liberia indicate that the company is taking retaliatory actions against community members who have spoken out.

Private investments in rainforest destruction are matters of public interest. We need these investment firms to prove that their approach is working — or they need to cut this company from their portfolios.

Tell retirement funds and investors to stop supporting environmental destruction and human rights violations!

https://action.foe.org/page/7245/action/1

Investors have no excuse. Since GVL and GAR arrived in Liberia in 2010, allegations of human rights violations, environmental degradation, and disregard for communities’ land rights have been well-documented. The first official complaint about GVL was filed in 2012.

Six years later, rural communities in Liberia are fed up. Now, they need you to stand with them to push investors to stop playing a role in this destruction.

Tell the investors to demand an immediate end to the abuses, or cut ties with conflict palm oil in Liberia!

https://action.foe.org/page/7245/action/1

Standing with you,
Jeff Conant,
International forests program director,
Friends of the Earth

BREAKING: Glyphosate linked to bee deaths (TAKE ACTION)

FRIENDS of the EARTH

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup®, is linked to an ALARMING increase in honey bee deaths, according to a new study. But the Environmental Protection Agency REFUSES to ban this toxic chemical.

This is DISTURBING. We already knew that glyphosate was driving butterflies to extinction and negatively affecting our health. Now, experts confirm that it’s wiping out bees – which pollinate one out of every three bites of food Americans eat. This puts our entire food system in danger.

Friends of the Earth is fighting tirelessly to BAN glyphosate – and our activism is paying off. Monsanto is under fire as people wake up to the damage Roundup® is wreaking. We’re laying out our strategy to turn up the heat, and we need to hear from 25,000 people before midnight:

Should the EPA ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup®?

Quick signature needed: Glyphosate

Friends of the Earth

https://action.foe.org/page/7238/action/1

Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate NOW.

The USDA tests our food for pesticides to make sure it’s safe for us to eat. But it’s not testing for glyphosate — a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup®.

The California Supreme Court recently affirmed that glyphosate is dangerous to humans. The World Health Organization named it as a probable carcinogen. And the EU and Canada are already testing for it in food.

The USDA is dragging its feet on protecting us from this toxic pesticide. We need your help to change that!

https://action.foe.org/page/7238/action/1

Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate.

The science is clear. Roundup® is terrible for people and the planet. It’s used to douse our food, including common crops like soy and wheat. This toxic pesticide is ending up on our plates and in our bodies.

The amount of Roundup® being used each year has increased significantly. Use jumped from only 11 million pounds in 1987 to nearly 300 million pounds in 2016.

That means Roundup® is sneaking into our food in increasingly dangerous ways. This summer, new tests revealed glyphosate in cereal and granola bars commonly eaten by kids.

The USDA annually tests our food for pesticide residues to make sure it’s safe. If the agency finds residues above the maximum level, it’s supposed to notify the EPA to allow actions to be taken against the supplier. But instead, it’s looking the other way as glyphosate poisons our communities.

https://action.foe.org/page/7238/action/1

Tell the USDA: Start testing our food for glyphosate to make sure it is safe for Americans to eat.

Despite the evidence that glyphosate is harmful for human health, the USDA refuses to test our food for it. In 2017, the agency announced that it would start testing corn syrup for glyphosate, but then quickly dropped the plan.

This begs the question — why is the USDA so reluctant to test our food for glyphosate? Maybe because Monsanto doesn’t want it to test and release this information. Documents revealed that Croplife America, the trade organization that represents Monsanto’s interests, has tried to influence the USDA’s testing program.

We need to send the message to the USDA that it can’t put Monsanto’s profits ahead of human health and the environment.

https://action.foe.org/page/7238/action/1

Tell the USDA: Test our food for Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate NOW.

Standing with you,
Tiffany Finck-Haynes,
Pesticides and pollinators program manager,
Friends of the Earth

Tell Kroger: Get cancer-causing pesticides out of kids’ food

FRIENDS of the EARTH

 

Call Kroger: Demand it get cancer-causing pesticides out of kids’ food.

Children should be eating healthy food — not cereal and granola bars laced with cancer-causing chemicals.

But recent tests have found large doses of Monsanto’s cancer-causing chemicals like Roundup® in kids’ food. This can cause immediate and long-term harm to our children’s health. These pesticides are toxic and don’t belong in our food.

Kroger could help shift us away from this toxic food system. It could commit to stop selling food grown with these pesticides. So today, in honor of National Child Health Day, we need your help to push the supermarket giant to act!

https://action.foe.org/page/7174/action/1

Call Kroger’s company leadership to demand the company stop selling kids‘ food with cancer-causing pesticides!

Pesticides like glyphosate and chlorpyrifos are harmful for children’s health.

Right now, over 8,700 people with cancer are suing Monsanto. They allege that their exposure to Roundup® is to blame for their illnesses. One case has gone to trial and Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages, but Monsanto is trying to overturn the decision.

Chlorpryifos, Dow’s nerve poison pesticide, is linked to loss of working memory, attention deficit disorders and delayed motor development. Early life exposure can lower children’s IQ and structurally change parts of their brain. It’s so dangerous that the EPA determined it should be banned — but the Trump administration reversed that decision.

Healthy kids and safe communities depend on a food system that isn’t poisoning us. Kroger could stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution. But we need your help to urge it to act.

https://action.foe.org/page/7174/action/1

Call Kroger: Demand it get cancer-causing pesticides out of kids’ food.

This summer, Kroger committed to phase out the use of bee-killing pesticides on the garden plants that it sells. This is a good first step and shows that the company will listen when people like you speak up. But it doesn’t address a huge part of the problem — agricultural use of pesticides that are toxic to human health and our environment.

We know Kroger can go even further with its policy. Costco just updated its policy to encourage suppliers of fruits, vegetables and garden plants to stop using these toxic pesticides. Kroger could follow suit — and be even more of a leader on this issue.

It’s time for Kroger to step up and protect children’s health! The country’s largest conventional grocer shouldn’t be selling products that contain cancer-causing chemicals. The company needs to hear directly from you.

https://action.foe.org/page/7174/action/1?ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=130081

Call Kroger NOW: Demand that it stop selling kids‘ food with cancer-causing chemicals!

Standing with you,
Tiffany Finck-Haynes,
Pollinator and pesticides program manager,

Friends of the Earth

Bees are dying

 

Stop the Trump administration from gutting protections for bees: Donate $27 or more now!

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The Trump administration recently rolled back a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Now it’s possible for these toxic pesticides to be used in wildlife refuges. It’s a disaster for pollinators, people and the environment.

The Senate could stop this rollback of protections for bees. Already, more than 25,000 Friends of the Earth Action members like you have contacted your Senators to demand that they act. Now, we need your help to turn up the pressure.

Stop the Trump administration from gutting protections for bees: Donate $27 or more now!

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The Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2014 decision to phase out the use of bee-killing neonic pesticides was a critical step in helping protect bees and other pollinators that are essential to our food system.

Now, the Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to undo that phase-out. And it’s doing so despite research that confirms that neonicotinoid pesticides kill and harm bees and other pollinators like butterflies and birds. This poses a serious threat to our food supply, public health and environment.

The European Union recently voted to ban all outdoor uses of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. Canada will phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of these pesticides. And Maryland and Connecticut have already passed state bills to ban consumer use of them. Plus, cities, counties and major retailers across the country are committing not to use or sell bee-killing neonics.

There is no reason that the Fish and Wildlife Service, which is tasked with protecting wildlife, should clear the way for bees to have even more exposure to these toxic pesticides. This is just another example of the Trump administration doing everything it can to help pesticide companies like Bayer and Monsanto can make more profits.

In fact, the agency’s own leaders think it’s a bad idea. When it originally announced this ban on neonics, the chief of the refuge system wrote, „neonic-treated seeds can affect ’non-target‘ species and would therefore be phased out of use in wildlife refuges.“ Now, the agency is abandoning its own analysis that these pesticides are toxic to bees and wildlife and have no place in a refuge system.

Help stop the Fish and Wildlife Service from poisoning bees with pesticides: Give $27 or more!

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Thanks to your support, we’re making progress in the fight to save bees from toxic pesticides. Together, we’ve convinced major garden retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop selling plants grown with neonics. We’ve already transformed over three-quarters of the garden industry.

Even supermarkets are starting to shift. Whole Foods is decreasing pesticide use on the fruits and vegetables it sells and increasing its organic offerings — giving customers access to more food grown without toxic pesticides. Costco recently announced that it’s taking similar steps. And after months of pressure from Friends of the Earth Action members like you, Kroger has agreed to phase out neonics from its garden plants.

At the same time, we’ve helped advance legislation in states from Vermont to California to eliminate these pesticides. And we’ve worked with volunteers across the country to pass local-level resolutions.

But we still have a lot of work to do to save bees. Every day that Big Ag is able to continue to douse our food system with neonics, bees are more at risk. We need to get these chemicals out of our environment immediately — but we can’t do this without you.

Help get bee-killing pesticides out of our environment: Donate today, before it’s too late!

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Standing with you,
Lisa Archer,
Food and technology program director,
Friends of the Earth Action

Tell foodservice companies: Ditch factory farms

https://action.foe.org/page/6718/action/1

Sign the petition: It’s time for food service companies to choose Real Food, not Big Food.

Three companies — Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group — serve billions of meals every year in cafeterias at schools, hospitals, universities, and businesses.

The vast majority of the food they serve comes from multinational corporations and factory farms that are harming the health of our communities and polluting the planet.

If these companies shifted to serving food that is good for people and the planet, it would make a huge impact. We need your help to urge them to act!

https://action.foe.org/page/6718/action/1

Tell Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group: Stop fueling environmental destruction through your food purchasing!

Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group are lining the pockets of “Big Food” corporations like Tyson. These „Big Food“ companies produce pesticide-intensive, GMO-fed, factory-farmed meat.

This is incredibly destructive for our environment. Factory farming pollutes water and contributes to climate chaos. Pesticides poison people and are leading to the decline of bees and monarch butterflies. And it’s all so Big Ag can make bigger profits.

What’s more, this system shuts out organic farmers, sustainable producers, and farmers of color. It’s unjust and it’s harming our health and the planet.

But these three food service giants could change that. They could reorient their business model away from a system of exclusive relationships with Big Food companies and towards Real Meals that support sustainable producers, communities, and the planet.

https://action.foe.org/page/6718/action/1

Sign the petition: It’s time for food service companies to choose Real Food, not Big Food.

Meat and dairy consumption is heating up the planet. And these food service companies are not being held accountable. Instead, they’re driving climate chaos by purchasing meat from polluting and inhumane factory farms.

We need to send the message that the public wants a food system that supports local and sustainable farmers, invests in racial justice and equity, and preserves our planet for future generations. But we can’t do this without you.

https://action.foe.org/page/6718/action/1

Tell Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group: Support sustainable farmers and ranchers instead of factory farms!

Thank you for joining us in calling for Real Meals.

In solidarity,
Chloe Waterman,
Senior food campaigner,
Friends of the Earth

Tell Carnival: Stop polluting the Arctic

Dear sylvia,

Tell Carnival: Stop polluting the Arctic!

https://us.e-activist.com/page/6217/action/1

Carnival Corporation, the cruise ship giant, is polluting the Arctic — with devastating impacts on its wildlife and communities.

Carnival’s Arctic ships use heavy fuel oil — a cheap and viscous fuel. Its exhaust contains so much soot that when it is emitted onto Arctic sea ice, it speeds melting.

As a company that relies on marketing a pristine Arctic, Carnival should be doing everything it can to protect this region — not destroy it. So we need your help to urge it to clean up its act.

https://us.e-activist.com/page/6217/action/1

Tell Carnival: Stop polluting the Arctic!

Just a small spill of this very dense heavy fuel oil is extremely destructive in the Arctic environment. Bad weather conditions and the remoteness of the Arctic can make it very hard for cleanup and rescue crews to mount an effective response.

And these spills happen distressingly often. Just a couple of weeks ago, one happened in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Luckily, there was easy access to crews and facilities for cleanup — but if the same thing happened in the Arctic, it would be devastating.

It’s time to call global attention to Carnival’s dirty ships. That’s why we’re partnering with a broad coalition of environmental organizations to demand that Carnival clean up its act and protect the Arctic.

https://us.e-activist.com/page/6217/action/1

Take action now: Tell Carnival to clean up its act!

Carnival has no excuse to keep polluting our oceans. After all, it made $2.7 billion in 2017.

This mega-corporation can clearly afford cleaner fuels and help protect the Arctic, its wildlife and Indigenous peoples. But right now, it’s hoping it can continue to pollute under the radar, without its customers realizing the harm it’s causing.

So we need your help to shine a light on this destruction and demand Carnival stop destroying our environment for the sake of its profits!

https://us.e-activist.com/page/6217/action/1

Tell Carnival to stop using heavy fuel oil and destroying the Arctic!

Standing with you,
Verner Wilson,
Senior oceans campaigner,
Friends of the Earth

Quick signature needed: Coal

Dear s,

Send a message to Standard Chartered demanding an end to its support of coal.

https://action.foe.org/page/6699/action/1

Coal projects are polluting our planet. They’re poisoning our water. They’re contributing to climate chaos. And big banks are helping them by continuing to be a major funder of this dirty fossil fuel.

The good news is, banks are starting to rethink their lending practices. Standard Chartered — one of the biggest financiers of coal projects — is currently reconsidering its coal lending policy.

Public pressure from people like you could help convince the bank to cut ties with the coal industry. So we need you to speak up now!

https://action.foe.org/page/6699/action/1

Tell Standard Chartered to stop funding the polluting coal industry!

Standard Chartered likes to say that it takes climate change seriously. But the bank remains a major funder of coal power.

Right now, it’s financing three proposed coal-fired plants in Vietnam that would add 694 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. These coal plants would have significant harmful impacts on local communities such as respiratory illness, damage to farmland and declining fish populations, not to mention the huge impact on our climate.

But as these catastrophic impacts become more clear, Standard Chartered is starting to feel the pressure to cut ties with the dirty coal industry. Now is our chance to convince the bank to stop financing the destruction of communities and our climate.

https://action.foe.org/page/6699/action/1

Tell Standard Chartered to stop financing the destruction of communities and our climate!

If this big bank decides to walk away from coal, it could pull hundreds of millions of dollars out of exacerbating climate chaos. This would initiate a domino effect that leads other big banks to get out of coal — potentially striking a critical blow to the fossil fuel industry.

We need to make sure that Standard Chartered doesn’t forget that the world is watching. If we don’t speak up now, there’s the risk that Standard Chartered will choose business as usual. Will you join the fight to cut off the money for the destructive coal industry?

https://action.foe.org/page/6699/action/1

Send a message to Standard Chartered demanding an end to its support of coal.

In solidarity,
Kate DeAngelis,
Senior international policy analyst,
Friends of the Earth