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Schools, Students Benefit From Higher Nutrition Standards

Schools, Students Benefit From Higher Nutrition Standards

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools.
Project Short Description
Scientific research has documented the levels of toxic chemicals to which Americans are exposed and the possible links to disturbing trends in chronic disease. The Pew Environmental Health Commission highlighted children’s particular vulnerability to pollutants with its reports on rising asthma rates, pediatric cancers, and the increase in certain birth defects.

The Food Additives Project examined the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. federal regulatory system as it pertains to the safety of chemicals commonly added to food, by evaluating the adequacy of the underlying laws, policies, and science used to determine the potential risks posed by those substances.

Topics: Food Additives

The Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University was designed to help key decision-makers respond to the challenges arising from scientific advances in the field of reproductive genetics and from genetic testing in general. The center was established in 2002, with financial support from Pew, to serve as an independent and objective source of reliable information on genetic technologies. 

The Pandemic Preparedness Initiative worked to ensure that decision-makers in the public and private sectors took the appropriate steps to protect the public and the economy from a potential pandemic.

From 2003 to 2009, Pew worked with partners at the local, state, and national level to ensure that more foster children were living with safe, permanent families. More information about this project can be found on the Kids are Waiting campaign web site.

The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology examined health and environmental issues raised by genetically modifying animals and plants, as well as the ability of the federal government to assess the risks and benefits. Its work concluded in 2007. However, the project’s research findings remain available here because they are a trusted information source on this complex topic.

Topics: Food Safety

Pew worked with Georgetown University on the Produce Safety Project from 2008 to 2010. The Produce Saftey Project addressed a variety of threats to the nation’s food supply. These included preventing contamination of domestically produced fruits and vegetables, ensuring the safety of imported foods and improving the surveillance systems that alert consumers to food-borne illness outbreaks.

Topics: Food Safety

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies sought to ensure that the nation can enjoy the benefits of this new industrial revolution without undue worry about its potential environmental and human health risks.

Pew founded and then collaborated on The Project on Student Debt  from 2005 to 2010 to champion practical policy changes to prevent unmanageable student debt burdens, avoid unnecessary borrowing and help students finance their educations more wisely.

From 2004 to 2010, Pew worked in partnership with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution on the Retirement Security Project, dedicated to promoting common-sense solutions that will improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers.

The Safe Banking Opportunities Project provided research and technical assistance to help more than 50 cities and localities kick off “Bank On” programs that brought together banks, local governments, and community groups to promote responsible bank account ownership. The initiative also investigated the financial choices of 2,000 low-income households in the greater Los Angeles area to identify safe, affordable, fair, and empowering products that could bring more families into the financial mainstream.

In partnership with the Sandler Foundation, the Safe Credit Cards Project worked from 2007 to 2011 to educate the public and policy makers by assessing the true cost of credit. It worked to shape policies to protect consumers from potentially harmful credit card practices and to promote responsible management of debt.

From 2007 to 2008, the Pew Center on the States and the Pew Health Group teamed up to provide the first-ever comprehensive look at what states have been doing to address the foreclosure crisis.