Unilever subsidiary Ben & Jerry's has been added to the list of companies boycotted by the BDS movement. The call comes from the brand's long-standing contractual relationship with an Israeli franchise that manufactures ice cream in Israel and sells it in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Read more about the Israel boycott here.
The Organic Consumers Association has also called for a boycott of the brand over its use of ingredients grown with pesticides. In July 2017, OCA reported that 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tested positive for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and/or AMPA, glyphosate’s main metabolite. In October, OCA reported that samples of Ben & Jerry’s in four European countries also tested positive for glyphosate residues.
The campaign states that the use of pesticides poses a threat to water sources worldwide, and Ronnie Cummins its international leader stated:
Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, spend millions on marketing to create the false image that the Vermont-based brand is a champion of the environment, when in fact Ben & Jerry’s supports an industrial dairy system that is responsible for a water pollution crisis in Vermont.