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government and food policy

New SNAP Supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Provides USDA with a Solution to Alleviate Hunger, Chronic Disease, and Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen nutrition researchers are asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to align the recommendations for healthful eating, outlined in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

USDA’s $20 Million Cheddar Bailout Aggravates Disease in Economically Disadvantaged

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Oct. 11 that it would purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese and distribute it to food assistance programs, a decision denounced by the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—which recently asked the White House to block the USDA’s plan to buy 11 million pounds of cheese

Doctors Urge Italian Lawmaker to Withdraw Bill Criminalizing Plant-Based Diets

A wealth of research clearly shows that a plant-based diet reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, certain cancers, and many other serious health problems. That’s why the Physicians Committee is urging Italian lawmaker Elvira Savino to withdraw a bill that could criminalize parents whose children eat plant-based diets, which research shows provide health benefits at “all stages of the life cycle.”

Lautenberg Train Station Ads Spotlight Sen. Cory Booker

WASHINGTON—Travelers in New Jersey’s busy Frank R. Lautenberg train station will encounter four large, upper-level platform billboards spotlighting Sen. Cory Booker. The ads urge constituents to thank @CoryBooker “for protecting us from toxic chemicals and honoring Sen. Lautenberg’s Legacy.” Scheduled to go up week of June 20, the ads are sponsored by the Physicians Committee, a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors. Viewers are directed to for further details. 

Physicians Committee Scientists Applaud Passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: Bill Ensures Reform of Toxicity Testing

“The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine applauds the Senate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, updating the statute that regulates chemicals policy. 

“The bill requires alternatives to animal tests be considered and used, and places restrictions on animal testing–which are stronger than current law–that will over time facilitate the development and adoption of human-relevant, nonanimal methods. Because information obtained on chemicals will be human-relevant, products Americans use will be safer.