Organic Consumers Association

Campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy

It's Time

It’s time for Ben & Jerry’s to live up to its promises of "natural," "Non-GMO" and  "social responsibility."

On Thursday, August 10, OCA will sponsor #DumpBenandJerrys press events and protests in seven U.S. cities: New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Austin, Washington, D.C. and Burlington, Vt.

Our OCA Mexico team will hold a press event and protest in Mexico City.

Can you help organize or participate in a #DumpBenandJerrys protest in one of these seven cities?

Sign up to protest in New York
Sign up to protest in Chicago
Sign up to protest in Minneapolis
Sign up to protest in Los Angeles
Sign up to protest in Austin
Sign up to protest in Washington D.C.
Sign up to protest in Burlington, Vt.

Don’t live in one of these cities? Stay tuned for information on how to organize a protest in your own community—we’ll be rolling out details soon! 

Putting human health at risk by selling glyphosate-contaminated ice cream is bad enough. But that’s only part of B&J’s toxic #DirtyDairy story. By refusing to switch to organic milk and ingredients, B&J’s:

  • Bankrupts family farmers. Since B&J began 1978, over 2,000 dairy-farm families in Vermont have been forced off the land. The same trend holds nationwide. By helping farmers’ transition to organic, and paying a fair price for organic milk, B&J’s could help restore family farms and rural economies.
     
  • Pollutes waterways. Vermont taxpayers are stuck with a $2-billion tab for cleaning up the state’s lakes and rivers, polluted by chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides—glyphosate, atrazine, metolachlor—used to grow the GMO corn that Vermont dairy farmers feed their cows.
     
  • Abuses animals. The average life span of a pastured 100% grass-fed organic dairy cow is about 15-20 years. GMO grain-fed dairy cows, confined in barns, are usually slaughtered before the age of 6. Most have suffered from painful and preventable udder infections (mastitis), respiratory problems, hoof infections, leg injuries and diarrhea.
     
  • Exploits farmworkers. B&J claims it’s working with its farmers to guarantee fair wages and working conditions for dairy farmworkers. So far, the company has not fulfilled that promise.
     
  • Contributes to global warming. More than 92,000 acres of Vermont farmland is planted in corn grown for animal feed. 96% of that corn is GMO. GMO monocultures destroy the soil’s ability to draw down and sequester carbon.
     

TAKE ACTION: Tell Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim (aka Scooper Man): Roundup-Ready Ice Cream is not ‘socially responsible.’ Go Organic! 

Text 'dirtydairy' to 97779 to sign the petition

Sign up to organize a Ben & Jerry’s protest and media event in your community 

Call Ben & Jerry’s (802-846-1500) and ask the company to go organic.

Post on Ben & Jerry’s Facebook page

Click to tweet this message to Ben & Jerry's

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