Navigation Links
Just-Released Cancer Report Provides New Ammunition for Farm Bill Reform Effort
Date:10/31/2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An influential report on cancer prevention provides new ammunition for those working to reform federal food policy, say doctors with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The report was released today by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). A comprehensive review of more than 7,000 studies, the report confirms previous research showing that meat and alcohol consumption increase one's risk of cancer.

PCRM will use the findings in its efforts to reform the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that defines federal food policy and determines what foods are grown in this country and how much they cost. The Senate is expected to vote on the multi-billion-dollar bill next week.

"The AICR report--with its irrefutable findings as to the link between diet and disease--should convince Congress to cut subsidies for unhealthy foods," says PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. More than 80 percent of all federal subsidies for food production go toward sugar, oil, meat, dairy, alcohol, and feed crops used to fatten farm animals, contributing to our high rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Less than one half of one percent goes to fruits and vegetables. "This subsidy system is making us sick and it's time we did something about it," says Dr. Barnard.

Over the past several months, a broad range of medical and health professionals and institutions have called on Congress to cut subsidies for high-cholesterol, high-fat foods. In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) recommended that subsidies and food assistance programs be based on health. In August, the President's Cancer Panel echoed the call for reform. Last week, the Maryland State Medical Society and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia sent Congress a petition signed by more than 100 hospitals calling for lawmakers to make the same dramatic changes to the Farm Bill that the AMA supports.

PCRM and its affiliate The Cancer Project have also gathered signatures from hundreds of medical professionals around the country supporting similar changes to federal food policy. And PCRM has come out in support of the FRESH Act, a bipartisan Farm Bill reform measure authored by Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. The FRESH Act would cut subsidies for corn and other feed crops used to produce high-fat meat products, corn syrup, and other unhealthy foods and encourage farmers to plant more fruits and vegetables.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Fibroids unlikely to Turn Cancerous
2. Virus Level could Predict Cervical Cancer Risk
3. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
4. Potential New Cancer Gene Identified
5. Vitamin B12 can help in detecting cancers
6. More Accurate "PROSTATE CANCER" Test can save Unnecessary Biopsies
7. Consensus on "Combination Therapy" for Breast Cancer
8. Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking
9. Life Saving Cancer Drugs – From Chicken! Possible Says Dolly’ Creatos
10. The Cancer Rumour mill working over time
11. Want skin cancer? Please have a cigarette
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media ... Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice ... X users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently ... of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada ... become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by ... to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from ... the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. ... his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in ... to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Bay ... Rehabilitation Network,s Dean Center for Tick Borne ... Medicine and Rehabilitation, MIT Hacking Medicine, University of ... Innovation, today announced the five finalists of ... Lyme disease.  More than 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the ... analysis in the report includes the following: ... Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: