Food

On March 31st, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would deny a petition to ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos from being sprayed on food. He announced this decision despite EPA scientists’ earlier findings that concluded that chlorpyrifos, which is manufactured by Dow Chemical, can harm brain development of fetuses and infants after ingesting even small amounts. The news that the EPA would continue to allow the spraying of chlorpyrifos alarmed doctors and other public health officials, but what’s even more interesting is that according to several recent Freedom of Information Act requests, Pruitt met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris at a Houston hotel just twenty days prior to making his controversial decision.

Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

Widespread overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is putting our health at risk.

News Release | OSPIRG | Food

New Farm Bill Contains Massive Taxpayer Handouts To Big Ag

Statement of OSPIRG Federal Tax and Budget Advocate Dan Smith on the Farm Bill Conference Committee agreement to be voted on by the House this week:

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Food

Food Safety Scares 2013

An alarming number of Oregonians continue to fall ill from preventable foodborne illness in 2013, almost 3 years after the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

What affects my credit in Oregon?

Knowing what affects your credit is essential to your financial health because your credit affects everything from your ability to get a mortgage, a car loan or even a job.

Major Setback for Taxpayer Handouts to Big Ag

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down the Farm Bill this morning, and I'm darn glad they did. 

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Food

Apples to Twinkies 2012

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. To put that figure in perspective, $18.2 billion is enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year - 21 for every single American taxpayer. 

Media Hit | Food

Senate Passed Farm Bill Includes Wyden Amendments

Portland-based consumer advocacy group, OSPIRG panned the bill. 

Farm Bill is a giveaway to Big Ag

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

Disappointingly, the U.S. Senate passed a version of the Farm Bill today that continues to send billions of tax dollars to giant agribusinesses. It is now up to our House representatives to ensure that real reform happens.

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