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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What if food had QR codes?

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What if food had QR codes?

The latest Salmonella outbreak illustrates how desperately our food safety system needs a major update. What if people could be notified in just seconds?

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State Director, Illinois PIRG; Energy and Utilities Program Director, PIRG