Food

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food

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. In this report, we find that in 2011, over $1.28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients, bringing the total to a staggering $18.2 billion since 1995 - enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year or 21 for every single American taxpayer.

Everyone is Hopping Mad About the Farm Bill

By | Jason Donofrio
Campaign Organizer

We were hoping that the U.S. House of Representatives would deliver a Farm Bill that will cut wasteful payouts to junk food ingredients. But the farm bill is making consumer groups, faith based groups, poverty groups, conservative and taxpayer groups, social justice groups and small rural farmers justifiably hopping mad.

Happy 106th birthday to two landmark food safety laws!

By | Diane E. Brown
Executive Director

This week marks the 106th anniversary of the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act, two landmark pieces of consumer based legislation which established the modern food protection system as we know it.

Issue | Food

Stop Subsidizing Obesity

Our tax dollars should only go to things that serve the public good, yet we’re handing out taxpayer subsidies to big agribusinesses to help subsidize junk food.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. The rise in childhood obesity has many causes, but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high-fat, heavily sweetened junk food.  And shockingly, American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients, making the problem worse.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

President Signs Historic Food Safety Bill

The President’s signature on the Food Safety Modernization Act finally brings food safety protections for American consumers into the 21st Century.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

Egg Recalls Reveal Scrambled Food Safety System

According to Recipe for Disaster, a new study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America, last month’s nationwide recall of half a billion eggs was just one of more than 85 recalls involving 153 food companies since July 2009.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps on Food Safety

Today, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 was introduced in Washington, D.C.  This bill reauthorizes and expands funding for the Child Nutrition Act -- proposing approximately $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S.D.A.'s New Performance Standards Should Bring Safer Poultry to Market

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced new performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter -- the most common disease hazards in the meat and poultry supply. The USDA has cut the target levels for Salmonella in poultry by over 60 percent, and set the first-ever performance standard for Campylobacter.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S.D.A.'s New Regulations for Ground Beef in School Lunches a Welcome Change

Arizona PIRG applauds U.S.D.A. Secretary Vilsack for taking strong action to improve the safety of ground beef purchased for the school lunch program.  Thirty million kids participate in the school lunch program each day—they deserve the safest food possible.

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