Food & farming

We should be able to trust that the food we buy in the grocery store is safe, and grown in ways that won’t threaten our health.

You want to lead a healthy life, and help your family do the same, and you trust that the food in the grocery store is safe, and grown in ways that won’t threaten our health or safety. But that’s not always the case, and the evidence connecting toxic pesticides to serious health risks, like cancer, continues to grow. It’s also clear that the early warning system for contaminated food, and our food recall system, need a serious overhaul. We can and should expect better.

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In 2019, more than 1.2 million people died worldwide from drug-resistant infections — which are only becoming more common as antibiotic overuse on factory farms threatens the future effectiveness of these medicines.

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We know we can get factory farms to change their practices if America's largest restaurant chains commit to serving meat that has been raised without the routine use of medically important antibiotics.

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New report: Hazardous Meat & Poultry Recalls Nearly Double

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New report: Hazardous Meat & Poultry Recalls Nearly Double

From E. coli-infected romaine lettuce to Salmonella-tainted beef, contaminated foods lead to illnesses that sicken as many as 1 in 6 Americans annually. In 2018, this epidemic helped spur major recalls, which caused stores and restaurants to toss millions of pounds of meat and produce. Arizona PIRG Education Fund’s new report How Safe is Our Food?, released today, reveals how fundamental flaws in our current food safety system have led to a jump in these recalls since 2013.

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Statement on McDonald’s shareholder resolution to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s meat supply chain

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Statement on McDonald’s shareholder resolution to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s meat supply chain

At McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting today shareholders voted on a proposal to eliminate the routine use of medically important antibiotics from the company’s entire meat supply chain. Of those that voted, nearly 30% were in favor of the resolution.

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Calling for Big Action on Antibiotics in the Big Apple

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Calling for Big Action on Antibiotics in the Big Apple

Last week, we were in New York City, where the United Nations General Assembly spent an entire day discussing antibiotic resistance, “the biggest threat to modern medicine.” Experts estimate that more than 700,000 people worldwide die from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, including 23,000 in the United States—a number that could grow to 10 million globally by 2050.

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