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Activists call on Whole Foods, McDonald’s to ‘clean up meat’

Activists call on Whole Foods, McDonald's to 'clean up meat'
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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas - On Wednesday, Oct. 10, members of Mighty Earth's "McWholeFoods" campaign will release a report showing that both Whole Foods and McDonald's sell meat from some of the worst polluting companies in the world: Tyson and Cargill.

Mighty Earth's "McWholeFoods" campaign members, residents of Fayetteville, and students from the University of Arkansas, will host speakers and interviews at 11 a.m. in front of the Whole Foods Market, 3425 N. College Ave. Events will also be held in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Austin.

Activists will gather to release "Flunking the Planet: Scoring America's Food Companies on Sustainable Meat," a report which looks at environmental standards for meat across 23 major brands representing the largest fast food, grocery, and food service companies in the U.S. The report finds that none have policies in place requiring even minimal environmental protections from meat suppliers, despite "green" branding like Whole Foods'.

The event will launch the nationwide call for "McWholeFoods" to use their market power to demand that Tyson and Cargill clean up their meat by adopting more sustainable farming practices for sourcing feed, managing manure, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This report highlights the unethical and environmentally destructive practices used to produce Whole Foods' and McDonald's meat and what these companies should do to clean up their meat.

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