Friday, July 11, 2014

Everyone deserves transparency, and everyone deserves clean ice cream!

   Having spent most of my life going on vacation to the same beach, I have many memories of walking to the Dairy the afternoon when we had had enough sun and sea, or at night, after dinner. 
   It breaks my heart that I don't let my children go to DQ, like I did.  The ingredients,  which include high fructose corn syrup and milk from cows injected with growth hormone, make me uncomfortable and I work very hard to keep them out of my loved one's bodies.  However, having counseled children with eating disorders, I realize how important it is to not deprive children (or anyone) of certain foods, because it only makes them crave them more. 
   So grateful to have a fabulous alternative - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream!  No sugar containing product is good for us, but in the real world, I would prefer to allow some sweets, made with "real food"  than have my children crave something that they can't have, and then overdo it.
   Jerry, of Ben and Jerry's came to CT last year and lobbied to help us pass the first GMO labeling law in the country. He is a hero and continues to work to get Americans the transparency they deserve.

Today, Ben & Jerry's co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, will deliver over 500,000 of your signatures to Capitol Hill urging Congress not to block GMO labeling laws!

Hi Beth—
It was hot out yesterday – or, as I like to call it, perfect ice cream weather. I came down from Vermont to deliver your signatures to Congress yesterday, and it was well worth the trip.
Firstly, I just want to thank you for organizing for a cause you believe in. It’s something Ben and I have a huge amount of respect for and have always aspired to, which is why we’re in the process of transitioning all of our euphoric Ben & Jerry’s to source only non-GMO ingredients.
Over half a million of you added your signatures telling Congress not to pass the DARK act, which gave us more than enough reason to celebrate. It was a really great vibe, complete with a giant pint to of Food Fight Fudge Brownie (what’s a political press conference without an oversized pint of ice cream?), some of our most inspiring Congressional reps—and, of course, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
You know what though, Beth? You were the star of yesterday’s event. Because without you, none of this would have happened in the first place.
Over 500,000 signatures is something Congress simply can’t ignore. I’m asking you to do just one more thing, and it only takes a click.
Here’s the link to get the word out about yesterday’s event:
You’re doing great work. Keep it up!
Jerry Greenfield
Ben & Jerry's

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