Sign if you agree: Tell Darden to make its food more healthy, sustainable and fair

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Tell Darden to make its food more healthy, sustainable and fair

The petition to Darden Restaurants reads:
"Adopt more sustainable menus that support the well-being of your customers, workers, farmers, animals and our environment. Specifically, ensure at least 20 percent of your food purchases adhere to the good food purchasing principles by 2020."

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Dear 5849376,

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of mega-chain Olive Garden, owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants, serves more than 320 million meals a year, and employs more than 150,000 workers.

But many Darden restaurants serve unhealthy meals sourced from factory-farmed meat and dairy produced with antibiotics, hormones, and other dangerous chemicals. The corporate giant sources from suppliers that violate human rights and pays many of its restaurant workers poverty wages.1

That's why we're joining our friends – environmental and healthy food advocates, and allies from the labor community – to mount a massive campaign urging Darden to use its considerable purchasing power to support a healthier, fairer and more sustainable food system.

Tell Darden Restaurants to adopt better labor practices and make its food more healthy, sustainable and fair. Click here to sign the petition.

Specifically, we are calling on Darden to ensure at least 20 percent of its food purchases adhere to the following guidelines by 2020, based on the Good Food Purchasing Policy:2

  1. Local Economies: Purchase food at fair prices from local and regional small and medium-sized food producers;
  2. Environmental Sustainability: Reduce meat and dairy purchases by 20 percent, including serving smaller portion sizes and adding meat/dairy-free entree options; sourcing from organically certified food producers (including, no factory farms/CAFOs);
  3. Animal Welfare: Source meat from producers that adhere to verifiable high-welfare standards: Animal Welfare Approved, Global Animal Partnership (at least step 2) and/or Certified Humane Raised and Handled;
  4. Good Nutrition: Include generous portions of fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains; reduce salt, added sugar, fat, and red and processed meat; and,
  5. A Valued Workforce: Ensure living wage and sustainable working conditions, both in your supply chain and for all the employees in your restaurants.

If mounting public pressure on Darden results in a change in its sourcing practices, worker pay, and the food it serves to customers, it could have a ripple effect across the restaurant industry. Other corporate chains could follow Darden's lead to adopt more sustainable and better labor practices which could ultimately improve our entire food system as a whole.

Tell Darden Restaurants to adopt better labor practices and make its food more healthy, sustainable and fair. Click the link below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/darden_olive_garden?t=6&akid=17776.3291973.mZf-Uf

Thanks for all you do.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References

  1. Good Food Now Campaign
  2. Letter to Mr. Eugene I. Lee Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, Darden Restaurants, November 16, 2015

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