Back in 2018, PIRG helped convince McDonald's to make a plan for cutting down on the overuse of medically important antibiotics (a practice that makes antibiotic-resistant diseases more common) in its beef supply chain. McDonald's said it would set reduction targets by the end of 2020 — but the fast food giant still has yet to follow through.
In response to the advocacy of NCPIRG Students, nearly 300 UNC professors have signed a statement of support for affordable textbooks. Over the summer, students helped professors employ software that states textbook and course material costs up front, allowing students to make better informed decisions on which classes to sign up for.
The EPA has announced it will update standards for controlling two major sources of water pollution: meat processing plants, and manufacturing facilities that leach toxic PFAS "forever chemicals." PIRG was part of a nationwide organizing effort to submit nearly 30,000 public comments urging the EPA to act quickly against PFAS contamination.
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Roadmap takes steps towards reducing toxic PFAS, but clearer goals are needed
Advance directives are legal instructions that include a living will (different from a regular will) and a health care proxy. In them, you state what treatments you do or don’t want at the end of your life and who you want making health care decisions for you if you can’t.
The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.