Tell Target to Stop Trashing "Ugly" Food

Target is one of the largest retail chains in the United States, but — unlike a growing number of other major retailers — the chain is still trashing perfectly edible, nutritious produce just because it isn't pretty.

Ugly food can help the environment

As much as 40 percent of the food the US produces is thrown away — with a whopping ten percent trashed by retailers like Target before it can be purchased.

Producing food that is ultimately thrown out consumes around one third of America’s freshwater along with massive tracts of land. It also encourages the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizer that can harm fish and other wildlife. Worse, most wasted food ends up in our landfills, where it releases nearly a quarter of the nation’s methane emissions. In the near term, methane emissions are 86 times more powerful than carbon emissions in warming our climate, leading to more severe weather, rising sea levels and other disruptions.

With 1,800 stores in the US, Target could make a big difference by reducing its food waste, but the retail chain needs to hear from you if it is to change its policy on discarding “unattractive” produce.

Please sign Environmental Action’s petition to the company CEO and encourage him to stop trashing perfectly good produce — and start reducing the impact of Target’s food waste on the environment.