PIRG in the News

Media Hit | New Voters Project

Campus, county working to register voters for the 2012 election as part of National Voter Registration Day

Students with the UC Santa Cruz chapter of California Public Interest Research Group worked Tuesday to register more than 40 new voters as part of National Voter Registration Day.

Media Hit | New Voters Project

California online voter registration system could increase student voter turnout

Californians can now register to vote from their computers, thanks to an online voter registration system launched Wednesday — a program that university student groups have been lobbying for and expect to bring more students to the polls this November.

Media Hit | Higher Ed, Textbooks

The great textbook robbery

A watchdog group called CALPIRG has issued a report called Ripoff 101, documenting that the giant publishers are raising prices of college texts at a rate three times higher than the prices of general books.

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

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.

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