Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, ROC-United, and the Food Chain Workers Alliance are urging Darden Restaurants to adopt more sustainable practices. Darden Restaurants owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants worldwide, employs 150,000 people, and serves more than 320 million meals a year. It is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies, and owns popular, casual dining restaurant chains including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Capital Grille.
However, its restaurants are still sourcing their seafood from Asia, meat from factory farms, and produce from Mexico. These organizations are specifically urging Darden to ensure that at least 20 percent of its food purchases adhere to the Good Food Purchasing Principles by 2020. The principles will guarantee that Darden adopts more sustainable practices that help protect the environment, workers, farmers, and animals.
The petition is asking Darden to purchase food from local, regional, and organic food producers that adhere to verifiable high welfare standards for animals. They want the restaurants to include meat/dairy free options on their menus and larger portions of fruits and vegetables. This will allow Darden to reduce their meat and dairy purchases by 20 percent. They want to ensure that there is a valued workforce who is guaranteed fair compensation and safe working conditions in the restaurants and all along the supply chain.
You can sign the petition HERE!