PIRG in the News

Media Hit | Foods

STUDY: Farm Bill Contributing To America’s Obesity Crisis

While Congress struggles to push a Farm Bill through before the critical legislation expires, a new report by the California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG) highlights an underdiscussed problem with the way the law has been structured in the past: it’s making us unhealthy. CALPIRG researchers found that the crop subsidies in the Farm Bill overwhelmingly went to ingredients that fuel the junk food industry rather than fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, the subsidies artificially driving down prices for the very foodstuffs fueling the nation’sobesity crisis:

Media Hit | Foods

Federal Subsidies Support Junk Food Instead Of Fresh Food, Report Says

Citing the obesity epidemic among America’s children, a California consumer group says federal subsidies support junk food instead of fresh food. CALPIRG’s report is called “Apples to Twinkies 2012” because it says producers of corn syrup are financially favored over apple growers.

Media Hit | Foods

Report: Most Taxpayer Money Subsidizes Junk Food

A consumer report released Wednesday revealed the majority of taxpayer subsidies are being funneled toward crops used to make junk food and food additives, like high fructose corn syrup.

Media Hit | Health Care

CALPIRG report: Bay Area hospital charges highest in state

A new report reveals some major discrepancies in the cost of having surgery in California. The price of many common surgical procedures is far higher in the Bay Area than anywhere else in the state.

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