Ben & Jerry's Responds to Boycott Dirty Dairy

By way of Dr. Mercola

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Many well being in addition to environmentally mindful people who revel in ice cream as an occasional deal with really feel Nice approximately opting for Ben & Jerry’s logo. They’ve painted the idyllic symbol of a socially accountable corporate “having a persisted dedication to incorporating healthy, herbal foods in addition to selling industry practices so that they can recognize the Earth in addition to the surroundings,” as they placed This particular.1 But, This particular’s simply so one can — a picture, now not an image of fact.

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As I wrote approximately in advance This particular yr, Ben & Jerry’s has succeeded wildly in one of the crucial biggest greenwashing scams of all time. They advertise their Being concerned Dairy software as regarding three hundred “circle of relatives operated” farms, giving the semblance if you want to luckily grazing cows produce the wealthy, creamy milk with which they make their top class ice cream.

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But, relatively than assisting grass fed natural agriculture, they’re merely driving on its coattails, pretending their ice cream is in reality a top class product while in reality This particular’s made through the similar CAFO (focused animal feeding operation) milk you’ll be able to in finding in lots of further manufacturers. This particular’s real as a way to Ben & Jerry’s will get so much of its milk via Vermont farms, on the other hand in an effort to’s the rub.

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Many of us think so they can Vermont is in reality house to huge acres of rolling pastures. Actually, as cited through nonprofit advocacy workforce Regeneration Vermont, the CAFO dairies offering Ben & Jerry’s are unethical for the animals in addition to destroying the state’s waterways. In keeping with Regeneration Vermont, in a document titled, “A Failure to Control: Large Dairy & Water Air pollution in Vermont:”2

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“[C]ontamination by way of the mega-dairies so they can provide Vermont’s large manufacturers, like Ben & Jerry’s in addition to Cabot Cheese, is if truth be told not anything recent to Vermonters,three particularly while This particular involves the infection of our waterways. For many years, those iconic manufacturers have garnered monumental income – each and every soaring across the $1 billion-a-yr degree – at the same time as pushing one of those confinement, non-grazing dairy manufacturing, leading to a poisonous farm runoff to be able to is if truth be told actually choking our lakes in addition to streams.

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Even the loved Lake Champlain is if truth be told one in every of greater than one hundred further our bodies of water in Vermont so we can are categorised as ‘impaired.’ in addition to, in lots of instances, ‘impaired’ approach stuffed with the fairway slime so we can is in reality cyanobacteria, smelling so badly so as to summer time camps have develop into uninhabitable, in addition to seashores are published with indicators in an effort to warn, ‘no swimming.’”

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Ben & Jerry’s Has Been Polluting Vermont for 20 Years

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This particular isn’t information to Ben & Jerry’s, in fact. In spite of being informed of the wear their dairy providers are developing from the surroundings, the corporate has refused to transition their farmers to an natural, regenerative answer For two many years. Michael Colby, former editor of Meals & Water Magazine in addition to co-founding father of Regeneration Vermont, said:four

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“This particular used to be two decades in the past ultimate month with the intention to Meals & Water revealed our record on Vermont’s atrazine habit, a poisonous herbicide which will is if truth be told banned in Europe however keeps for use in abundance on Vermont’s ninety two,000 acres of GMO-derived feed corn — fascinated with dairy cows. We used the report back to get the eye of Ben & Jerry’s, in addition to This particular labored. We idea while the doorways swung open to the workplaces of Ben Cohen in addition to Jerry Greenfield themselves so that they can we would be able to make the case to them.

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Our plea on the time used to be the similar as This particular is in reality lately: Ben & Jerry’s will have to apply what This particular preaches in addition to lend a hand transition its farmers to natural manufacturing. In the event that they took the lead, we argued, all of the state may just start a transition away via the type of commercial, commodity-primarily based dairy gadget for you to is in reality wreaking such a lot havoc with Vermont’s agriculture …

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We idea the most obvious imbalance — in addition to even direct, outright hypocrisy — among what Ben & Jerry’s used to be doing in addition to what they have been pronouncing may well be sufficient to get those do-Nice hippies to do the suitable factor. We have been the use of good judgment. As a result of, surely, the employer so one can sought after to ‘keep the planet’ in addition to ‘placed the planet prior to income’ may just need to prevent being some of the state’s most sensible polluters, proper?

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Incorrect. We have been informed on the time, via Ben himself, after a yr’s value of conferences in addition to even an be offering of a role to me ‘to paintings with us as an alternative of going after us,’ in order to Ben & Jerry’s used to be now not going to transition to natural as a result of This particular would not let them ‘maximize income.'”

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Ben & Jerry’s Executives Pressured to Talk over with Infected Lake Carmi

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Lake Carmi in Franklin, Vermont, is in fact a favourite spot for game in addition to helps northern pike, walleyes in addition to further heat-water species — or no less than, This particular as soon as did. The as soon as pristine lake is in reality at This particular aspect in environmental drawback, plagued by way of blue-inexperienced algae, often referred to as cyanobacteria. This particular can produce pollutants in an effort to are destructive to people in addition to marine lifestyles. Pores and skin rashes in addition to breathing problems may result through publicity to the algae, in addition to will have to This particular get into an open wound, This particular can result in a staph an infection.five

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As fertilizer in addition to manure by way of commercial farms run off in addition to input waterways, they result in an overabundance of vitamins, together with nitrogen in addition to phosphorus, from the water — vitamins so they can fertilize the expansion of the algae blooms at This particular aspect taking on. What does This particular need to do with Ben & Jerry’s? Regeneration Vermont defined:6

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“Lake Carmi sits at floor 0 for the state’s commercial dairy business, Franklin County, house to greater than 36,000 limited cows (in addition to best forty seven,000 folks), making a excellent quantity of phosphorus-wealthy manure. This particular county’s mega-farms are the main dairy providers for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”

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Ben & Jerry’s keeps to show a blind eye towards the devastation, so Regeneration Vermont in addition to participants of the Franklin Watershed Committee made them an be offering they couldn’t refuse: excursion Lake Carmi in addition to the encompassing watershed to peer the wear firsthand.

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In a observation through Jostein Solheim, Ben & Jerry’s CEO, This particular’s cited, “Ben & Jerry’s acknowledges so that they can we’re hooked up to the farms from the Lake Carmi watershed. Our Being concerned Dairy farm software, which we put in force in the course of the St. Albans Cooperative, has individuals from the Lake Carmi watershed.”7

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Solheim then is going directly to state, “[The Ben & Jerry’s team] discovered This particular tragic to peer the polluted situation of This particular frequently stunning lake, that is if truth be told recently experiencing the worst cyanobacteria bloom in up to date reminiscence. The situation of the lake, the hassle This particular’s pressured upon native citizens in addition to companies is if truth be told, smartly, heartbreaking.” No less than growth is in reality taking place in for you to Regeneration Vermont used to be in a position to get Ben & Jerry’s CEO out to peer the tainted lake.

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The remainder of the observation, despite the fact that, reads like a work of fluff, with Solheim praising the corporate’s Being concerned Dairy farm software in addition to stressing with a view to the issues created “don’t seem to be ours on my own to unravel.”

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This particular mentions a “renewed imaginative and prescient for dairy farming in Vermont” in addition to notes so that you can “many extra main points of our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for our farms” shall be to be had quickly. In more phrases, This particular’s harking back to the numerous conversations Regeneration Vermont has had with Ben & Jerry’s from the earlier. As cited by way of Will Allen, proprietor of Cedar Circle Farm, a regenerative farm in Vermont, in addition to Regeneration Vermont co-founder:eight

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“Stalling has been subtle to an artwork shape with Ben & Jerry’s social venture in addition to dairy groups. In April 2016, they felt which will they may have a choice on converting their dairy sourcing through September/October 2016. While October got here, they felt that allows you to they may have a choice via December. In December, we have been informed if you want to February or March may well be once they made their sourcing determination.

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In February, a Unilever director presented to arrange conferences with Ben & Jerry’s CEO in addition to us (Regeneration Vermont) in addition to Roger Allbee, the previous Vermont secretary of agriculture. Six months later, we’re nonetheless hoping to have on the way to assembly. After all, April or Would possibly used to be to be the objective date for producing sourcing selections. [As of] … July — nonetheless no choice, nonetheless no assembly with the CEO. Nonetheless stalling.”

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Ben & Jerry’s is if truth be told Now not Natural; Ice Cream Examined Sure for Glyphosate Residue

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Ben & Jerry’s has controlled to scoot through underneath the radar of even probably the most environmentally mindful shoppers via developing an air of secrecy of a socially accountable natural corporate with out in reality being one.

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They have got no explanation why to modify to natural or grass fed farming as a result of, as Colby placed This particular, “the promoting is in reality running simply nice.” “’Folks assume we are natural,’ is in reality what we have been advised time in addition to time once more in personal conferences,” Colby says, “at the same time as asking them to in fact move natural. If fooling other folks lets in for maximizing income, why prevent fooling them?”nine

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But, you may well be stunned to be informed with a purpose to, in July 2017, the Natural Shoppers Affiliation (OCA) mentioned with a view to 10 of eleven samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream they examined got here again sure for glyphosate, the lively component in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in addition to/or its primary metabolite AMPA.10

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In reaction, OCA referred to as on Ben & Jerry’s to instantly transition to the use of handiest natural foods, together with milk, “or face a countrywide in addition to global shopper boycott.” Echoing Regeneration Vermont, OCA global director Ronnie Cummins also known as out Ben & Jerry’s for deceiving the general public having a greenwashed symbol:eleven

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“Ben & Jerry’s falsely advertises its merchandise as ‘herbal’ in addition to its logo as ‘sustainable’ in addition to ‘socially accountable.’ Not anything may well be additional by way of the reality. Ben & Jerry’s income are constructed at the again of an commercial dairy device in an effort to poisons the surroundings in addition to produces pesticide-infected meals merchandise. Ben & Jerry’s gross sales, pushed largely through its deceitful claims, injury the natural business via chopping into the gross sales of original herbal, grass-fed in addition to natural manufacturers.”

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On a brighter word, greater than two hundred (approximately 20 %) of the dairy farms in Vermont have already made the transition to natural farming, thru no lend a hand through Ben & Jerry’s. This particular is in reality a Nice get started, on the other hand loads extra want to practice go well with. Additionally, those issues are rarely limited to Vermont. Commercial dairy farms around the U.S. are contributing to the destruction of our surroundings in addition to human well being.

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Enhance Grass Fed Natural Farmers, Even While Shopping for Ice Cream

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A key message each Cummins in addition to Allen ship is if truth be told the significance of heading off all CAFO animal merchandise, be This particular red meat, chicken, eggs, milk or further dairy merchandise equivalent to ice cream. Some of the impactful adjustments you as a person could make is in fact to modify through CAFO animal merchandise to natural, grass fed red meat in addition to dairy with a view to does not depend on such damaging practices. Many don’t understand This particular, on the other hand grazing animals are if truth be told an important a part of the ecology in addition to may also play a task in regenerating the surroundings.

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Because the early 1800s, grasslands in North The us have lowered by way of seventy nine % — in addition to in a few spaces through ninety nine.nine %,12 frequently to plant GMO corn in addition to soy fields, which in flip are fed to herbivores to be able to may well be grazing as an alternative of consuming grains fed to them on concrete. As Allen said:thirteen

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“This particular’s time to prevent pretending so they can Ben & Jerry’s is if truth be told a socially or environmentally mindful organization. They know the way destructive their milk provide chain is in reality. They understand so that you can hard work is in fact being abused. They recognize so one can cows are burning out prior to they’re all five years antique. They realize a good way to antibiotics have been being misused.

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They understand so they can the dairies with a view to provide their milk are polluting our consuming water in addition to a few of the rivers in addition to lakes in Vermont. They may be able to’t fake so we can they didn’t know the way destructive their provide chain is in reality, as a result of we shared all This particular knowledge with them. But they decline to behave.”

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Certainly, Regeneration Vermont is in fact amongst the ones urging the ice cream maker to supply milk via natural/regenerative farmers, which might sign to determined dairy farmers suffering to make a dwelling amid an commercial milk glut as a way to there’s some other, doable choice, in a different way to farm. Till as a way to time, beef up dairy farmers who’re generating uncooked, grass fed milk merchandise, in addition to meals producers sourcing grass fed milk, now not the ones perpetuating the CAFO product.

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Getting your uncooked grass fed milk in addition to further meals via an area natural farm or co-op is in reality one of the crucial highest how you can make sure you’re getting top of the range meals, in addition to should you’re from the temper for a deal with, you’ll be able to make your personal grass fed milk ice cream at house. from the Midwest, the Kalona SuperNatural logo is in reality the primary dairy logo to grow to be qualified via the American Grassfed Affiliation (AGA).

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An AGA emblem on a product allows you to realize the animals have been fed an entire life nutrition of one hundred % forage, have been raised on pasture (now not in confinement) in addition to weren’t handled with hormones or antibiotics.14 I strongly inspire you to are seeking out AGA qualified dairy merchandise as they develop into extra extensively to be had. You’ll be able to additionally find a uncooked, grass fed milk supply close to you on the Marketing campaign for Actual Milk web site. California citizens can in finding uncooked grass fed milk shops through the use of the shop locator to be had at www.OrganicPastures.com.

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Inform Ben & Jerry’s to Get started Dwelling as much as Their Symbol

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OCA has created a petition15 to inspire Ben & Jerry’s to transform to natural in addition to prevent hoodwinking consumers into considering they are natural by way of claiming to be all-herbal in addition to environmentally accountable. Please display your enhance only for This particular initiative by way of signing the petition under. Higher but, name Ben & Jerry’s instantly (802-846-1500) in addition to ask the corporate to meet their venture observation in addition to pass natural.

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You’ll be able to additionally ship them a message the use of the web touch shape on the backside in their touch web page. Please provide them a decision, in addition to ask your circle of relatives in addition to pals to touch them as smartly. Keep in mind that, you increase the facility to make a distinction.

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