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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 we’re building teams that can harness the research, political support and grassroots energy we need to win.

Stop the overuse of antibiotics

We know how to produce enough food to feed our country. Yet we are allowing large farming operations to misuse antibiotics to such an extent that these life-saving medicines are becoming ineffective. Now, antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, threatening the health of millions. It’s the 21st century—we have the know-how and the technology to raise enough food in a way that doesn’t put our health and life-saving medicines at risk. So we’re working with big restaurants to get them to eliminate meat raised with antibiotics from their supply chains. So far, we have gotten commitments from McDonald’s, Subway, KFC and many other chains to stop serving chicken raised on our life-saving medicines. Now, we’re focusing on getting McDonald’s, the biggest buyer of beef in the country, to get medically important antibiotics out of its entire supply chain.

PIRG Consumer Watchdog

For more than 40 years, our national network has been educating consumers about how to protect themselves. We work to get dangerous products off store shelves, end exploitative practices, and ensure a level playing field in the marketplace. We also advocate for new rules, institutions and policies to defend consumers from the power of special interests. Our work has led to more than 150 recalls of dangerous children’s products and identity theft protections in 49 states. Today, our watchdog team is protecting Americans from data breaches, lead-laden toys, toxic school supplies, unfair airline fees and more.

Defend the Consumer Bureau

In the wake of the Great Recession, we helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—an agency devoted to creating and enforcing fair, clear and transparent rules to protect consumers in the financial marketplace. Since then, the Consumer Bureau has recovered nearly $12 billion for more than 29 million people wronged by companies that broke the law. But now, the Trump administration and some in Congress want to weaken or even eliminate the Consumer Bureau. We’re working to keep our watchdog on Wall Street, and to protect consumers.

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.

21st Century Transportation

More and more Americans are looking for public transportation, biking and ride-sharing options to get around. Despite this, we’re still spending billions of dollars on highway expansion projects, instead of repairing the ones we have or investing in other options. Through research and advocacy, we’re putting the spotlight on these boondoggles, and pushing for 21st century transportation options. One of the best ways to protect kids' health, reduce climate pollution and have cleaner communities is by investing in electric buses. Through our Electric Buses, Healthy Kids campaign, we’re working to make every American school bus electric by 2030.

Make It Toxic-Free

Why on earth would any company use chemicals that can disrupt our hormones or cause cancer in the products we put on our bodies every day? That’s both dangerous and unnecessary. We shouldn’t have to worry about putting our health at risk every time we get ready in the morning. So we’re doing the research into these products and chemicals, shining a spotlight on our findings, and publicly calling on the biggest names in the personal care industry to pledge to be toxic-free.

Stop Trashing Our Future

Every day, people throw away tons of plastic “stuff”—cups, plates, bags, containers and more. We’ve known for decades that one of the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam, which most of us call Styrofoam. Polystyrene foam breaks apart easily, but it persists in the environment—which means that every piece of foam ever made is still out there and will continue to pollute for centuries. Nothing we use for a few minutes should threaten our health and pollute our future for hundreds of years. That’s why we’re calling for states to ban single-use foam cups and containers.

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