Public Health

U.S. PIRG Testifies in Favor of Strong Chemical Plant Safety Rule

By | Carli Jensen
Toxics Campaign Director

Earlier this month, the EPA formally proposed a long-awaited rule on chemical plant safety in response to an executive order issued in 2013 by President Obama, which called on several agencies, including the EPA to modernize their chemical plant safety rules. The new proposed rule triggered a 60-day public comment period, and with it, a public hearing in Washington, D.C., where Legislative Director Jerry Slominski gave the following statement for U.S. PIRG:

Who's next to help save antibiotics?

By Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Doctors, farmers, restaurant owners, and hundreds of thousands of people like you are all placing the same order: meat raised without routine antibiotics. Many fast food chains have stepped up to help stop the overuse of antibiotics. The question is, who will be next?

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Food

Big Win For Consumers’ Right-to-Know

Today, the U.S. Senate failed to pass their version of the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), which would have kept consumers in the dark about what's in the food they eat, falling 12 votes short of the 60 required to continue the debate.

Senate stands with consumers on GMO labels

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

A bill to stop state GMO labeling laws was blocked decisively in the Senate today – failing by 11 votes. 

Media Hit | Public Health, Food

Most voters want GMO food labels, poll finds

A majority of American voters support mandatory labeling of food containing genetically engineered ingredients, a new national poll commissioned by labeling supporters shows.

Progress in the chicken industry

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

One thing is for sure: when it comes to chicken, the industry changing, and consumers can take a lot of credit.

We need a smarter farm bill

By | Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

New Congressional Budget Office data suggests this year's farm subsidies will cost more and produce unwanted outcomes.  

President's New Budget Proposal Good on Antibiotics

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

From where I sit, there’s a lot to like in the President’s budget.

The Flint Water Crisis: What You Need to Know

By | Anna Low-Beer
Digital Campaigner

With President Obama clearing the way for federal aid in Flint, Michigan last month, the water crisis is receiving immediate attention. The city was badly in need of a short-term fix, but what about the future of affected Flint citizens?

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