'Sweet' Revenge: Activists Dump Ice Cream Reportedly Laced with Weedkiller in Minneapolis

'Sweet' Revenge: Activists Dump Ice Cream Reportedly Laced with Weedkiller in Minneapolis Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

August 11, 2017 05:15 AM

Local activists gathered outside a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in Uptown Minneapolis on Thursday to protest the reported inclusion of weedkiller in the company's ice cream.

A recent New York Times report has claimed 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream tested positive for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.


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Activists - some dressed in hazmat suits, others carrying posters with phrases such as "Stop selling Roundup ready ice cream - purchased ice cream cones and proceeded to dump the ice cream into a bucket labeled "Caution: Hazardous Waste" outside the store.

Similar protests took place in Austin, Texas; Burlington, Vermont; Los Angeles; Glenview, Illinois; New York; and Washington, DC.

In response to the claims, Ben & Jerry's issued the following statement:

We are aware of the recent tests commissioned by the Organic Consumers Association that found trace levels of glyphosate in some of our flavors. We are concerned, but not totally surprised, as this chemical is pervasive in our environment; it’s in our food, air and water.

Glyphosate is one of the most widely-used herbicides in agriculture. While the tests showed only trace amounts (less than levels found in organic wheat bread), we understand and share our fans’ desire to limit the amount of chemicals in our food system.

A recent New York Times article said a 75-pound child would have to eat 145,000 eight-ounce servings of our ice cream a day to reach the limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Still, we remain committed to the reduction of chemical use in agriculture. Over the last 39 years we led the fight to label rBGH (and won), we transitioned to non-GMO sourced ingredients, we committed to source Fair Trade ingredients, and we invested in sustainability improvements with dairy farmers through our Caring Dairy program.

We understand there is more work to be done, but we have never wavered from our commitment to provide ice cream that is safe to eat and tastes great.


Rebecca Omastiak

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