We urge Darden to adopt greener menus that support the well-being of its customers, its workers, farmers, animals and our environment. Specifically, we urge Darden to ensure at least 20 percent of its food purchases adhere to the Good Food Purchasing Principles by 2020.*
These include supporting:
- Environmental Sustainability: by reducing meat and dairy purchases by 20 percent, including serving smaller portion sizes and adding meat/dairy-free entree options; sourcing from organically-certified food producers (including, no factory farms/CAFOs) and purchasing 100 percent of meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics;
- A Valued Workforce: by ensuring a fair wage and sustainable working conditions, both in its supply chain and for Darden Restaurant employees;
- Local Economies: by purchasing food at fair prices from local and regional small and medium-sized food producers;
- Good Nutrition: by including generous portions of fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains; and by reducing salt, added sugar, fat, and red and processed meat; and
- Animal Welfare: by sourcing meat from producers that adhere to verifiable higher-welfare standards: Animal Welfare Approved, Global Animal Partnership (at least step 2) and/or Certified Humane Raised and Handled.
*These principles, which were approved by the LA Food Policy Council and LA Unified School District in 2012 govern those entities purchasing (including 127 million meals at LAUSD).