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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.

Media Hit | Food

Farm Bill swaps one wasteful tax subsidy for another

The measure is called the Farm Bill, and it is a classic example of a good idea hijacked by special interests.

2.8 billion Twinkies is a lot of Twinkies

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

We’ve already documented that at least $1 billion in taxpayer dollars directly subsidize the production of junk food ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils that are the main ingredients in Twinkies, soda and other junk food products. If you spent all that money on Twinkies, it would be enough to buy about 2.8 billion of those golden colored sweets (at the estimated wholesale rate of 36 cents per Twinkie), or about 19 Twinkies per taxpayer. But the fun math doesn’t need to stop there, especially when we’re talking 2.8 billion Twinkies.

 

Media Hit | Food

Should Government Subsidize Crops Used in Junk Food?

As the obesity epidemic continues, consumer advocates at PIRG are asking whether Washington should subsidize crops used to make junk food.

News Release | OSPIRG | Food

Subsides for twinkies or apples

With childhood obesity rates rapidly rising, the federal government continues to pour billions into subsidies for junk food.

News Release | OSPIRG | Food

What do Obama and Glenn Beck agree on?

A consumer protection group released a new video today juxtaposing President Obama and conservative TV show host Glenn Beck on agricultural subsidies.

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