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.
And that's what we write about in our latest blog post on Ben & Jerry's.
Read ‘Who Cares? Why We Sued Ben & Jerry’s’
Read our press release
Read the lawsuit
Read Bloomberg’s coverage of our lawsuit
Read "A Failure to Regulate Big Dairy in Vermont"
Read our organization/business sign-on letter (To sign your organization or business on to this letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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For a company hoping its name would disappear, Monsanto sure has been in the news a lot lately.
And the Biotech Bully's long history of corruption is now in plain view, in a California courtroom.
This week, a federal judge ruled that hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto can proceed to trial. According to a Reuters report, the judge said there was “sufficient evidence” for a jury to hear the cases alleging that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller is responsible for their cancer, or the cancer of their deceased family members.
Meanwhile jury selection in the case of DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company was completed last week, and on Monday, July 9, the trial got underway in San Francisco Superior Court.
The Guardian reported that an attorney for DeWayne Johnson argued on opening day that Monsanto “has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers.” The attorney, Brent Wisner, presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products, according to the Guardian.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., attorney of counsel to Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman which represents nearly 800 people across the nation who allege Roundup exposure caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma, provided OCA with a recap of the second day.
Kennedy reported that internal emails show Monsanto hired Dr. James Parry, an esteemed independent genotoxicologist, to evaluate the animal studies conducted in the 1990s. When Parry’s conclusions suggested that Roundup might cause cancer, two Monsanto scientists schemed to persuade Parry to alter his conclusions—at one point even weighing the possibility of paying him to change his mind.
As we said during our latest fundraising campaign, Monsanto can run—but it can’t hide, as long as we keep the pressure on.
Read 'Monsanto’s Roundup on Trial: Day 2 in Court'
So many studies. And still, Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller is on the market—and on your food.
What will it take to get Roundup banned?
A comprehensive, definitive study, unlike any that has yet been conducted.
Fortunately, that study is underway. And the citizens of the world are being asked to fund it. Can you pitch in today?
As we recently reported, a new pilot study, published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health, suggests that the maximum residue limits (MRLs) set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “safe” aren’t safe at all—especially for kids.
Now, the Ramazzini Institute, which collaborated with the University of Bologna, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the George Washington University and the Cancer Institute of Genoa on the pilot study, is gearing up for the next phase—a full-blown study that, depending on results, could be used to convince regulators to ban Roundup.
There’s a reason this type of study hasn’t yet been done—it’s costly. That’s why the Ramazzini Institute has turned to the citizens of the world for help.
OCA has set a goal of raising $25,000 from U.S. consumers to help fund the most important study ever on Monsanto’s Roundup. Please make a generous donation today to this campaign. Thank you!
Please support the citizen-funded study that could get Roundup banned
Learn more about the Global Glyphosate Study
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Where does your meat come from?
Filmmaker Christopher Quinn and Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman set out to answer that question in their new feature-length documentary, “Eating Animals,” an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's critically acclaimed book of the same name.
Portman narrates the film, which promotes the transition from industrial factory farming to more humane, and more environmentally sustainable and regenerative farming methods.
From the “Eating Animals” website:
"Eating Animals” is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil and water."
‘Read Natalie Portman: ‘Here’s Where Your Meat Comes From’
What’s the dirtiest crop on the planet? You may be wearing it.
At the production rate of 25 million tons a year, cotton is one of the top four GMO crops in the world, and nearly 95 percent of that global cotton production is GMO and/or conventionally grown.
Cotton earned the title “dirtiest crop” because it’s sprayed with some of the worst pesticides, including Syngenta’s paraquat, a highly toxic pesticide banned in the European Union but not in the U.S.
GMO cotton isn’t just used to make clothes, bedding, towels and other textile products. Cottonseed oil and other cotton crop waste products also end up in hundreds of processed foods.
Consumers should be just as concerned about wearing GMO cotton (or drying off with it or sleeping on it) as they are about ingesting it.
Read ‘9 Reasons to Buy Organic Cotton’
So many oils, so many uses.
For a growing number of health-conscious consumers, essential oils have become, well, essential.
Epoch Times provides a list of 25 ways to use essential oils. But for starters, you can:
• Massage them (blended with a carrier oil) into your skin• Add them to bathwater• Use them in a hot compress• Heat them in a diffuser• Rub a drop onto pulse points in lieu of perfume
Not familiar with what a carrier oil is? They’re oils that you mix with essential oils that are often highly concentrated. When applied topically, they help “carry” the essential oil.
Carrier oils benefits include:
• Organic Argan Oil: contains skin-moisturizing properties and healthy fatty acids• Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil: improves sun-damaged skin• Organic Jojoba: is non-allergenic, non-comedogenic
From now until midnight July 31, get 20% off your purchase of essential and carrier oils with this promo code: ORGANIC718. Plus, Mercola will donate 20% of your purchase price to OCA.
Shop now and get 20% off your purchase of organic essential and carrier oils.
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