Vermont ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s is dealing with the fallout after a Tuesday announcement by the Organic Consumers Association that it found trace amounts of an herbicide in several of the company’s ice creams.
Ten out of 11 sampled flavors tested positive for traces of glyphosate, which serves as the main ingredient in Roundup, a weed-killing product manufactured by Monsanto.
The tested flavors included:
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Peanut Butter Cookie
- Vanilla (two samples)
- Cherry Garcia
- Phish Food (my personal fave)
- The Tonight Dough
- Half Baked
- Chocolate Fudge Brownie
- Americone Dream
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Of the flavors, only Cherry Garcia tested negative for glyphosate, according to the Organic Consumers Association’s findings. Chocolate Fudge Brownie yielded the highest levels of glyphosate.
It’s important to note, as the New York Times did, that the amounts found in the ice creams are far below the threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency; regardless, criticism of the ice cream maker, which touts itself as environmentally friendly and is known for taking stances on political and social issues, was swift. People lashed out at the company via Twitter, threatening boycotts and mockingly asking when it planned to release its new Roundup flavored ice cream.