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Midnight Monday, Monsanto and Ben & Jerry's

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Ben & Jerry’s (owned by Unilever since 2000) owes a big part of its spectacular financial success to Monsanto.

How so?

Ben & Jerry’s could go organic. Instead, the company sources milk and cream from non-organic dairies. In those factory farm dairies, cows (who spend most of their lives confined indoors on concrete), are fed GMO animal feed.

On Wednesday this week, a New England donor, inspired by our campaign to force Ben & Jerry’s to go organic and regenerative, offered to match up to $25,000 in donations raised between now and midnight, Monday, August 21. Can you pitch in today to help us take advantage of this matching gift offer? Details here.

In Vermont alone, nearly 90,000 acres are planted in GMO corn—corn sprayed heavily with Roundup and other herbicides that pollute the state's waterways and degrade its soil.

And as we now know, thanks to court documents and the relentless fact-finding and reporting from U.S. Right to Know (an organization OCA provides significant funding for), Monsanto and the EPA have colluded for years to hide the truth about just how toxic Roundup and Roundup-Ready crops are.

In July, we announced that 10 of 11 flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tested positive for Roundup herbicide.

Ben & Jerry’s needs to get the Roundup out of its ice cream. But that’s just the beginning.

Ben & Jerry’s needs to stop supporting GMO monoculture agriculture and factory farm dairies.

Ben & Jerry’s is the king of greenwashing. Behind the brand’s phony “social responsibility” and “caring dairy” claims lies a company that values profits above all.

This is a company whose non-organic sourcing policies lead to the exploitation of farmers, farmworkers and animals, and to the massive use of pesticides like Roundup, atrazine, and metolachlor.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Other companies charge fair prices and make a fair profit, while at the same time supporting organic and regenerative dairy and farming practices.

Forcing companies like Ben & Jerry’s to go organic is how we end factory farming.

This is why we’re committed to ramping up this campaign, along with other campaigns against factory-farm brands.

Ben & Jerry’s has enough buying power to exert a tremendous positive impact on the dairy industry—and by extension, on human, animal and environmental health.

In other words, this company is perfectly capable of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. That's why we believe this campaign is winnable—if we keep the pressure on.

And a win in Vermont is win for us all.

We are so grateful that this donor believes in our work to force Ben & Jerry’s to go organic, and to end factory farming. Can you help us take full advantage of generous matching gift offer, by midnight Monday, August 21? Please double your impact with a donation today. Details here.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,

Ronnie Cummins

International Director


P.S. Please help us take advantage of this surprise $25,000 matching gift offer by making a generous donation today. Together, we can expose factory farms and force companies to transition to organic. You can donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.