On Tuesday, October 10, Ben and Jerry’s announced that by 2020, the company will stop sourcing ingredients from crops that are chemically dried using glyphosate. (Many crops, even non-GMO, are sprayed pre-harvest with glyphosate to facilitate a uniform harvest time).
Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s also promised to introduce an organic line of ice cream that that will account for 6 percent of its U.S. sales. (Interesting commitment to make at a European press conference where we announced that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Germany, France, the UK and The Netherlands were contaminated. No organic for the EU?)
Unilever's announcement, triggered by our press conference at the EU Parliament, is a good start.
But as we all know, Ben and Jerry’s can do better.
Our campaign to move Ben & Jerry’s to 100% organic, worldwide, will continue until Ben and Jerry’s signs a legally binding agreement to make the global transition to 100% organic over the next 3-5 years.
That’s why we still need your help.
Can you find a local scoop shop or natural grocer that sells Ben and Jerry’s and let us know when you plan to hand out leaflets and collect petition signatures? We’ll send you leaflets, petitions, a poster and instructions. Please email us at email@example.com with the location of your local scoop shop or natural grocer that sells Ben and Jerry’s, and your mailing address, so we can get your leaflets in the mail.
Can you also grab a friend so you’ve got someone to take a video or snap a picture, spend an hour or so handing out leaflets and collecting petition signatures and send us the picture or video documenting your action? (Want to partner up with someone? Let us know and we’ll email our most active volunteers in your area).
Everyone who sends in a photo or video will get a coupon for free organic ice cream and will be entered into a drawing for a free OCA organic t-shirt. Email photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is your campaign. And you're rockin' it. Let's keep the pressure on!
Read our organization/business sign-on letter (To sign your organization or business on to this letter, email email@example.com).
Support our ‘Ben & Jerry’s: Go Organic!’ campaign (Donations to OCA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax deductible).