Food

Dangers on Our Dinner Tables

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

Sequestration is one of the hottest topics in D.C. right now, but one consequence that has been largely overlooked is the impact that these budget cuts would have on our dinner tables and our health.

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies 2012

At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic, crushing debt and a weak economy, billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only Half of an Apple Apiece

Tax subsidies for commodity crops are paying for junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year.

STATMENT: US Senate Approves FDA Safety and Innovation Act

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

The US Senate Passage of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) not Strong Enough to Ensure Sufficient Consumer Safety from Drugs and Medical devices.

Making the Right Call

CALPIRG Education Fund releases new cell phone shoppers’ guide offering simple tips consumers can take to save money when buying a new cell phone.

Resource | Budget, Food, Safe Energy

Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant. In California, 2.3 million residents depend on drinking water sources within 50 miles of our two nuclear power plants. 

Media Hit | Budget, Food

Los Angeles Times: Report: U.S. spending billions to subsidize junk food

The report, “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food” by CALPIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, studies the interesting question of whether the nation's problem with obesity is fueled by farm subsidies.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Food

Taxpayer Subsidies for Junk Food Wasting Billions

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer per year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by CALPIRG Education Fund.  

Report | Food

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades, with one in five kids aged 6 to 11 now obese.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Food

CALPIRG Calls on USDA to Move More Quickly Recalling Tainted Food

“We trust food like Cargill to make sure our food is safe, and remove it from shelves before an outbreak happens. Unfortunately, that did not happen,” Jon Fox.

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