If you care about GMOs in your food, you probably also care about toxic chemicals like Monsantos’ Roundup weedkiller in your food. If you care about weedkiller residues in your food, you probably aren’t too keen about Roundup, and its key active ingredient, glyphosate, in your rivers and lakes, much less your drinking water.
If glyphosate in your drinking water bugs you, then you can’t be too happy about the millions of acres of GMO corn and soy grown in the U.S., a huge percentage of which is fed to animals on factory farms.
The problems with the U.S. food system are bigger than just Roundup or glyphosate. But Roundup plays a key role in GMO agriculture. And GMO agriculture plays a key role in factory farms.
Why are we suing General Mills over its glyphosate-contaminated granola bars? Why are we hammering on Ben & Jerry’s about the glyphosate in its ice cream?
Not because Roundup- or glyphosate-free products are the endgame. Targeting glyphosate contamination is critical. But it's also a means to an end—the end of factory farms.
When companies make false claims about their glyphosate-contaminated products, they help prop up the GMO monoculture agriculture that is the lynchpin of factory farms.
And factory farms, with their pollution, labor abuses, horrific animal abuse, and filthy, drug- and pesticide-contaminated food, are the biggest scourge on our industrial, degenerative food system. (A new report out just this week blames the factory farm meat industry for the largest-ever dead zone, in the Gulf of Mexico).
Ben & Jerry’s needs to go organic. Because the Roundup weedkiller in Ben & Jerry's ice cream is dangerous, based on the latest independent, peer-reviewed science.
But Ben & Jerry’s needs to go organic also because, with international sales of $1.3 billion, the company is a major supporter of an industrial dairy system, fed by millions of acres of GMO crops, that pollutes, mistreats animals and workers, is bankrupting farmers, and produces contaminated food.
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