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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There was how much lead in the baby food?

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There was how much lead in the baby food?

A congressional report revealed high levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in baby food sold by leading brands. What may be even more shocking is that there are virtually no federal standards for toxic heavy metals in baby food.

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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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Superbugs Unplugged: PIRG launches podcast about antibiotic resistance

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Superbugs Unplugged: PIRG launches podcast about antibiotic resistance

Get ready for some alarming stories—and they're all the more alarming because they're true. On Nov. 14, U.S. PIRG and the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) of George Washington University launched "Superbugs Unplugged," a podcast that will dive into the alarming issue of antibiotic resistance and how we can slow it. Matt Wellington, our Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics campaign director, is co-hosting the podcast, along with Dr. Lance Price of ARAC. 

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