A word to the wise: don’t start an online petition the same week that your dishwasher breaks and your kids convince you (a former non-dog owner) to adopt a rescue dog! Needless to say, it’s been a little nuts in my house the past few days.
Seriously, though, I do want to apologize for going silent on The Lunch Tray this week, but I’ve been working very hard behind the scenes on the Change.org petition I launched on January 13th, along with Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk, to prevent chicken processed or slaughtered in China from reaching our supermarkets and school meals.
Amazingly, that petition now has over 155,000 signatures, with the bulk of those coming in over the holiday weekend and over 50,000 people signing just yesterday!
I want to thank all of you for taking the time to sign and share the petition, especially my fellow food bloggers who were kind enough to let their own readerships know about it. And I have to give a special thank you to Vani Hari, aka the Food Babe, for enlisting her enthusiastic “Food Babe Army” in support of the cause.
Of course, it’s great to see this petition go viral, but the real victory will be getting our lawmakers listen to and address our concerns. It’s my hope that with the overwhelming response this petition has received, the petitioned officials will soon engage in a meaningful dialogue with us on this issue.
I’ll of course keep you posted here.
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