Sobering news for Ben & Jerry ice cream, a new study found that that majority of the popular ice cream brand's ice cream flavors tested positive for Monsanto’s glyphosphate. Glyphosphate is deemed as a cancer-causing compound in California.
According to the World Health Organization, the compound is a “probable carcinogen.” Ben & Jerry’s did not immediately release a statement regarding the tests conducted by Organic Consumers Association or OCA. However, the ice cream brand is a known supporter of the environment and social justice so it’s interesting what Ben & Jerry’s has to say about the results.
Over 90% of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors test positive for Monsanto’s glyphosphate, according to a new study by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
While the levels of glyphosate were below the legal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Organic Consumers Association argues that any presence of the carcinogenic pesticide product is misleading, unnecessary and very dangerous.
“It’s time for Ben & Jerry’s to announce it will immediately begin transitioning to 100-percent organic,” using zero pesticides in production, the OCA said in a post on its website. “Otherwise conscious consumers have no choice but to launch a national and, if necessary, international protest campaign and boycott.“
MSN reports: The OCA has called for Ben & Jerry’s to stop labeling its ice creams as “natural” because the brand’s dairy cows consume genetically-engineered corn (the brand told the New York Times that it is working to find all-natural alternatives). Add-ins, such as peanut butter or cookie dough, containing ingredients that have been sprayed with the weedkiller may also be the source of the glyphosate in the ice creams, according to the Times.
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