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Environment  (tags: globalwarming, climatechange, greenhousegasses )

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The practice of shipping berries from California, Mexico and Florida includes pumping high amounts of manmade CO2 into enclosed pallets and then releasing the heat-trapping gas into the atmosphere upon arrival at retailers' distribution centers.

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Barbara T (431)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:38 am
Grocery chains must be held accountable. Everywhere you look, they claim to be "Going Green". Man-made CO2 emissions upset the natural balance of the carbon cycle, hardly a "green" practice. Our organization questioned Cal Giant, a California strawberry grower, if they used CO2 on strawberries, and they informed us that retailers request this transportation method. If retailers or grocery chains stop requesting the use of CO2 gas on berries from companies that include but are not limited to Driscolls, Dole, Naturipe, Well pict and California Giant, then these berry growers will have to find alternatives. This transportation method emits millions of pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere each year just from berry shipments. The amount of CO2 that is released from ocean container shipments is not known, however, it is probable to be in the millions of pounds yearly also. It's time for it to STOP, and grocery chains need to be responsible for the environmental damage they are causing.

After investigating the use of CO2 on berries, these US and Canadian grocery chains listed below are some that are guilty of requesting CO2 for transporting from California, Mexico and Florida:

Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sam's Club, Safeway, Supervalu, Loblaws,
Costco, Stop n Shop, Publix, Trader Joes, Sobeys

Ocean containers using CO2 for shipping fruits and vegetables coming from Chile, Argentina, Europe and Africa shipped around the world also should be stopped. The gasses are released immediately after opening the container doors.

Our goal is to bring awareness of this ongoing practice. Not only is man-made CO2 gas bad for our environment, it can be an asphyxiation safety hazard to employees. We strongly urge our supporters to contact their local grocery retailers and show their support for going "CO2 free". Insist that your retailers stop purchasing gassed berries and other fruits and vegetables.

Barbara T (431)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:46 am
This is the direct result of the artificial GLOBALIZATION of Agriculture.

What had once been self-sustaining local agricultural economies, are DESTROYED to make way for SINGLE-CROP PLANTATIONS - so that people like US, in the WEALTHIER countries, can have "Fresh Produce" year-round - in the middle of Winter, for example.
Meanwhile, the people displaced off the land, go to the cities and {if they're "lucky"}, find low-paid unhealthy unsafe dirty jobs for MONEY. They become the Urban Poor.
This is GLOBALIZATION of the World Economy.

Buy LOCAL, buy SEASONAL, don't "expect" fresh blueberries in December as your "right" - unless you grow them yourself, or a neighbor does!

Animae C (514)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:35 am
Thank you for signing the petition
"THE DIRTY SECRET OF THE BERRY & VEGETABLE INDUSTRY: RETAILERS, Stop polluting our environment with man-made CO2"
with 3,143 supporters
1,856 NEEDED

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:56 am
Thx BM-signed.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:39 am
Thanks for signing

Ben O (156)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:04 am

. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:34 pm
Signed and Noted.

Pat B (356)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:44 pm
Thank you, signed.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:46 pm
noted, signed and shared

Monica T (278)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:13 pm
noted and signed

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:52 pm

Anne T (180)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:27 pm
Signed and shared

lee e (114)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:30 pm

Barbara T (431)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:27 pm
I figured this Petition would be of interest to Care2 members because berries are so touted here as a Health Food.
We take for granted, the PRIVILEGE of having EVERYTHING "FRESH" {or the next thing to it!} year-round! Not realizing, in Northern climates, that ISN'T NATURAL! and therefore comes at a PRICE...

The Native Americans, of course, DRIED berries for use during the non-harvesting seasons!!!!! Uh-uh, not us spoiled and PRIVILEGED people! We have all the latest Health Foods, too, while millions starve or are mal-nourished...
As I said, sustainable village economies and rural areas in warmer, Southern countries, are constantly being destroyed so that Monocultures for our WESTERN Markets take over - big Agrocorporations - and then the former villagers and farmers become dependent on money and handouts, un-nourishing corporate "food" {and junk food!} that is all they can purchase in the Money Economy...
And this is recorded by Traditional Economists as Economic "Growth" for their countries!!!!!

Freya H (357)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:25 pm
Rats! I LOVE berries! Now I better make sure that I buy only ones grown here in Georgia. Good thing the "Peach State" has a sizable blueberry crop.

Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:33 pm
N & S. Need to buy local. Thanks B

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:37 pm
Sounds like the time for me to price dehydrators for fruit and veggies. And check the state of my charges...
Signed and noted. Thank you.

Edo R (71)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:53 pm
Thanks for sharing

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 12:46 am
Signed and noted!

Emma S (239)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:07 am
Done! Thanks for this rather worrying news!

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:43 am
Signed, thanks BMutiny!

S B (76)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 2:05 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 2:28 am
Signed. Lately I have bought berries from the farmers market. It's all local produce. It's not cheap but I don't buy berries out of season so in the winter I just eat oranges and bananas.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:12 am
I'm amazed at how limited my diet is these days.

Thanks BMutiny.


Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:30 am
signed thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 4:34 am

John van Nijnatten (6)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 4:44 am
Signed & noted.

. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:06 am
Previously signed. Noted now. I love any type of berries. We bought some raspberries at the local market here on Kiawah Island.

Frances Darcy (133)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:39 am

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:57 am

Barbara T (431)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 10:29 am
Thank you all of you who BUY LOCAL.

Unfortunatelly, however, it's going to take more than a few Boycotts, to upset the GLOBAL MARKETING SYSTEM -
which is a CAPITALIST MONSTER, DEVOURING THE ENTIRE PLANET... leaving nothing but Devastation in its greedy insatiable Wake...

Marija M (29)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:16 am
globalization! tks

Eternal Gardener (745)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:51 pm

Winnie Adams (179)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 4:47 pm

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday August 2, 2013, 12:23 am

Victoria Pohrebna (279)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:52 am
Signed...1,451 NEEDED.

SuSanne P (193)
Friday August 2, 2013, 9:32 am
Thank you Barbara.
Thank you for signing the petition "THE DIRTY SECRET OF THE BERRY & VEGETABLE INDUSTRY: RETAILERS, Stop polluting our environment with man-made CO2"
Yes, the grocery retailers must be held accountable which I don't have high hopes the will comply. It is unfortunate that everyone doesn't have the opportunity to grow their own foods or purchase from local farmers that you know personally and trust. I have that opportunity but only a handful of people do. It has been so important to me that I boycott all grocery chains and purchase the necessary items I need through reputable companies and pay the cost. As my financial situation has changed it is very difficult, but I refuse to go against my values.
It is so SAD that the majority of the consumers are either unaware or don't care. THIS IS WHY THE RETAILER MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE.

roxy H (350)
Friday August 2, 2013, 12:38 pm

with 3,566 supporters

Anne P (174)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 10:06 am
Very interesting - thanks for posting, BMutiny. I always wondered about fresh berry production and shipping, especially those that come from Chile and other South American countries in the off-season. I think we are best off eating berries in season, and buying organic berries from local growers whenever possible. I do buy frozen organic blueberries in the off-season (grown in the USA), and hope they are not treated with CO2 gases.

Devon Leonar (54)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 11:02 am
Ugh...signed!!! I buy local thank goodness at our weekly Farmers Markets ...........

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:08 am
signed and noted--thanks B

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 1:52 am
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