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  • Apples To Twinkies 2012 | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    health of our country and driving up medical costs by hundreds of billions of dollars The rise in obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food Between 1995 and 2011 American taxpayers spent over 277 billion in agricultural subsidies Most subsidies went to the country s largest farming operations mainly to grow just a few commodity crops including corn and soybeans Most of these commodity crops are not simply eaten as is Among other uses food manufacturers process them into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Thus Americans tax dollars directly subsidize junk food ingredients Key Findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common junk food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils which are processed further into hydrogenated vegetable oils Healthier agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have a significant federal subsidy If subsidies for junk food ingredients went directly to taxpayers to allow them to purchase food each of America s 141 million taxpayers would receive 7 58 to spend on junk food and 27 cents to spend on apples each year enough to buy 21 Twinkies but just half of one Red Delicious apple The 18 2 billion in subsidies for junk food ingredients that taxpayers have shelled out since 1995 is enough to buy 49 billion Twinkies Placed end to end they would circle the globe 125 times Since 1995 the lion s share of agricultural subsidies has gone to

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  • AG SUBSIDIES PAY FOR 21 TWINKIES PER TAXPAYER, BUT ONLY HALF OF AN APPLE APIECE | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    vast amount of taxpayer money we spend each year in this country on agricultural subsidies could be better spent elsewhere This report just goes to show that by supporting junk food farm subsidies can actually damage our health and increase medical costs In this current budget situation we need to make tough choices and reprioritize our efforts to create healthy food alternatives Between 1995 and 2011 American taxpayers spent over 277 billion in agricultural subsidies The payments are highly concentrated with 75 of the subsidies going to just 3 8 of farmers and they mainly support just a few commodity crops including corn and soybeans Among other uses food manufacturers process corn and soy crops into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products Among the report s key findings Between 1995 and 2011 18 2 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup corn starch and soy oils better known as hydrogenated vegetable oils At 7 58 per taxpayer per year that would buy each taxpayer 21 Twinkies Outside of commodity crops other agricultural products receive very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 637 million subsidizing apples which is the only significant federal subsidy of fresh fruits or vegetables Coming to 27 cents per taxpayer per year that would buy less than half of one Red Delicious apple New Jersey residents share of the expense for junk food subsidies is about 30 million each year on average compared with just 1 million in subsidies for apples That s enough to buy 82 million Twinkies but only 2 million apples Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades with one

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  • Healthy Foods Project Packet | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience

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  • No Bees, No Food Updates | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference

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  • Save ABX | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    to show restaturants that millenials care about this issue and that their customers want change Through photo petitions and tweets we will can save antibiotics and protect the public health To get involved go on Twitter Facebook or Instagram tag KFC and ask them to stop buying meat raised with the overuse of antibiotics Campaign Updates Media Hit Consumer Protection NJPIRG chapter to focus on global warming campaign The University s chapter of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group will promote three campaigns around campus this year that address political social and environmental issues affecting people at a university state and national level Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Toy Safety Tips Summary From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U S Public Interest Research Group survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Hurricane Sandy Relief Grocery Store Donation Drive Toolkit Summary In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy millions of New Jerseyians are without power and thousands are displaced from their homes The next few weeks will be crucial ones for those of us who were less impacted by the Hurricane to step up to the plate With so many people in shelters or without power running a grocery store donation drive is a great way to meet the local demands of shelters and relief organizations Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student

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  • Save ABX | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    to raising animals without medically important antibiotics GET INVOLVED NOW We need to show restaturants that millenials care about this issue and that their customers want change Through photo petitions and tweets we will can save antibiotics and protect the public health To get involved go on Twitter Facebook or Instagram tag KFC and ask them to stop buying meat raised with the overuse of antibiotics Campaign Updates Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection FAILbook Summary Facebook makes it pretty tough for you to control who gets to see your personal information This guide will walk you through step by step how to adjust your settings to control who can see your information on Facebook Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection Higher Ed Textbooks Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs Keep Reading Resource Consumer Protection Student Consumer Action Network Project Packet Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the consumer campaign on your campus Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection 2012 Starts with a Win Nick Jermer 2012 has already

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  • Save ABX | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    protect the public health To get involved go on Twitter Facebook or Instagram tag KFC and ask them to stop buying meat raised with the overuse of antibiotics Campaign Updates Report Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees A National Survey of Bank Fees and Fee Disclosure Policies A survey of more than 350 bank branches reveals that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers while one in four provided no fee information at all The report also includes a shopping guide which will compare banking options direct consumers to free and low cost checking choices and provide a list of fees that consumers should look out for when picking a bank Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Toward Common Ground Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending Our nation faces unprecedented fiscal challenges as the commitments we ve made now and into the future far outpace our fiscal capacity Congress the President s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and citizens across the country must grapple with very difficult decisions about how we can put our fiscal house in order Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves We just released the 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report We ve made progress but there are still some dangerous toys on the shelves The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for lead and phthalates both of which have been proven to have serious adverse health impacts on the development of young children The survey also found toys that pose either choking or noise hazards Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Consumer Protection Truth about Credit Cards Credit Cards More and more college students are graduating with credit card

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  • Save ABX | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    major chains like KFC Wendy s Applebee s Taco Bell Olive Garden and more to stop serving meat that s been raised on antibiotics As more chains do this it will put additional market pressure on factory farms to stop overusing antibiotics For instance just weeks after McDonald s made its announcement on antibiotics Tyson Foods a major supplier of chicken to McDonald s also made a commitment to raising animals without medically important antibiotics GET INVOLVED NOW We need to show restaturants that millenials care about this issue and that their customers want change Through photo petitions and tweets we will can save antibiotics and protect the public health To get involved go on Twitter Facebook or Instagram tag KFC and ask them to stop buying meat raised with the overuse of antibiotics Campaign Updates Blog Post Consumer Protection FAILbook Guide Guide to Controlling Your Information on Facebook Facebook makes it pretty tough for you to control who gets to see your personal information This guide will walk you through step by step how to adjust your settings to control who can see your information on Facebook Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Guide to Financial Aid Financial Aid A college degree is pretty much a necessity these days but few of us can afford to pay for it without some form of outside aid Outside aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships which we don t have to pay back and loans which we do have to pay back Finding Grants and Scholarships Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Risking Our Future Middle Class Young Americans face lasting damage from the dual crises in the financial sector and in personal finance making it urgent that Congress pass strong financial reform legislation Keep Reading Pages first

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