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New Report Will Show How Taxpayer Dollars Subsidize Junk Food

WASHINGTON - WHAT: U.S.PIRG will release its new report, Apples to Twinkies, which examines how billions in taxpayer agricultural subsidies end up supporting junk food and contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic. The report is the first to make specific estimates of the amount of tax dollars going to junk food ingredients including high fructose corn syrup, and breaks down these estimates by calculating how many Twinkies, and how many apples, each taxpayer is paying for.

WHEN: 9 A.M. Eastern, Wednesday, September 21, online at


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