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PROBLEMS WE SHOULDN’T TOLERATE

We all need to know that antibiotics are going to be available for us when we face deadly infection. We all need to be assured that the world's financial institutions, with their seemingly endless power in the age of digital information, will be held to account for their actions if they try to put profitability ahead of fair practices. We need to make our transportation system make sense, economically and environmentally. These are problems that don’t respect many of the lines that currently divide our society. But more importantly, they’re problems we can solve, especially in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance. That's why our staff work to harness the research, political support and grassroots energy we need to win.

Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics

Most of our country’s antibiotics are being used on farm animals, often on animals that aren’t even sick. This overuse is leading to a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections in people—and even death. That’s why we’re working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. We’ve secured a commitment by McDonald’s to reduce medically important antibiotic use in its beef supply, and we’re now calling on other major fast food restaurants, starting with Wendy’s, to only buy meat raised without routine antibiotics.

Beyond Plastic

Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff”—foam cups, takeout containers, plastic bags, straws, drink bottles and more. These things were made to be used for a few moments, but end up polluting the planet and threatening our health for hundreds of years. It’s time to move beyond plastic, and we’re starting by banning the single-use plastic items we can easily live without.

PIRG Consumer Watchdog

Too many companies needlessly put consumers at risk with unsafe products, toxic ingredients or deceptive financial practices. Our consumer watchdog team alerts people to threats in the marketplace, gives them vital resources to protect themselves, and advocates for stronger protections.

Ban Roundup

Mounting scientific evidence shows that the combination of chemicals in Monsanto’s Roundup can cause cancer and other serious health problems. These chemicals are even starting to show up in our food, air and water. But Monsanto and others are doing everything they can to discourage decision-makers from doing a full and honest assessment of the risks of Roundup, even “ghostwriting” studies affirming Roundup’s safety. Now, we’re calling on cities and counties across the country to ban Roundup unless and until it’s proven safe.

Transform Transportation

Each year, pollution from cars, trucks and other vehicles cuts short an estimated 53,000 lives, and increases the risk of lung cancer, stroke and heart disease. Cars are much safer than they used to be, but motor vehicle crashes still kill an estimated 40,000 Americans, and seriously injure 4.5 million each year. Through our Transform Transportation campaign, we’re working to reduce the need to drive, and to electrify buses and cars — so the easiest, cheapest and most pleasant ways to travel are also the cleanest, safest and healthiest.

Right to Repair

We generate way too much waste, and companies use their power in the marketplace to make things harder to repair. That adds costs to consumers and increases the amount going to landfills. Through our Right To Repair campaign, we’re working to give every consumer and every small business access to the parts, tools and service information they need to repair products so we can keep things in use and reduce waste.

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