OSPIRG Protests Junk Food Subsidies

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group staged a protest on junk food Tuesday. It was an effort to stop tax dollars from being spent on junk food ingredients.

OSPIRG’s report found more tax dollars were going towards common food additives, such as corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils than to fresh fruits and vegetables.

“There is an obesity epidemic and crushing debt and weak economy and last thing we should do is spend money on junk food ingredients with this obesity epidemic,” said Jesse Summer-Lavigne, OSPIRG Citizen Outreach Director.

Researchers compared Twinkies to apples and found agricultural subsidies pay for 20 Twinkies per Oregon taxpayer, but only pays for half an apple.

The non-profit plans to present their findings to the US Congress.

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