, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread has filed for bankruptcy
twice in the past two years. Hostess workers (members of the Teamsters' Union
) staged a walkout
on Sunday after the company cut wages by 8 percent and benefits by up to 32 percent. Since the workers went on strike, Hostess has closed three of its plants
. Hostess said today that if enough workers do not return to work by this evening, it will liquidate the company
and lay off its 18,000 workers. It will announce its decision tomorrow.
Taxpayers in the San Francisco area spend $2,762,295 each year in junk food subsidies, but only $41,950 each year on apple subsidies. [LATIMES]
A new report released this week has found that, among the billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of these taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food. The report, “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food
” by CALPIRG
and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, studies the interesting question of whether the nation's problem with obesity is fueled by farm subsidies.
The Twinkie is made up of 37 or so ingredients and this is what they look like
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Why straights shouldn't marry.
"Phil and Pam both loved to eat Twinkies and Cup Cakes as children. On their first date, Phil ended a day of golf with a bottle of champagne and Cup Cakes to munch on as they watched the sun set over the Hudson." (via