Splashed across the Ben & Jerry’s website are cartoon-like pictures of happy cows romping in green pastures.
There's a reason those cows are depicted by drawings, not actual photos—most of the real, live cows whose milk and cream are used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products are crammed into dark, filthy barns for most of their short lives.
Ben & Jerry’s goes to great lengths to create the perception that the Unilever-owned company “cares” deeply about the farmers who supply milk and cream for the brand, the cows raised on Vermont dairy farms, and the state of Vermont’s environment.
The company’s “Caring Dairy” program sounds like a dream-come-true for Vermont’s dairy farmers and dairy cows.
But it's more like a nightmare—for the cows, for Vermont’s environment and for consumers who care about animal welfare.
Last year, OCA testing found traces of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller in samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, in both the U.S. and Europe—even though the company claims to source only “wholesome, natural ingredients.”
But that's only part of the reason we sued the Unilever-owned brand this week.
The other reason? Ben & Jerry's “Caring Dairy” program is a total scam. If you care about animal welfare and the environment, that should offend you.
Post by pepperhead212 on Jul 13, 2018 9:48:08 GMT -5
I remember seeing something about this somewhere else, where they stated that if your sugar is beet sugar, that you can be sure that it isn't made with bone char, as it is not used to process beet sugar, only cane sugar. This sounded like a bunch of hype, as it came out about when beet sugar was getting a bad rap, due to GMOs. To me, sucrose is sucrose, and, while I use some, I use far less than I used to.
pepperhead212, Speaking of sugar, I happened to look at a jar of Prego spaghetti sauce at the store this morning. On the label it says "the sugar and canola in this product are derived from genetically engineered products"......getting to be more and more companies that tell us that. Maybe the word they used was "modified"....I was horrified and didn't buy it even at $1.00/jar. Deal was you get $5 off when you buy 5, making it $1 each.
Post by desertwoman on Jul 13, 2018 17:53:09 GMT -5
Cheap food has it's price, in other ways. When it comes to food, I don't look at what it costs. I buy organic and high quality food, and just accept that my grocery bill is higher; that it is what it is. I can cut corners in other areas of my life.