The Organic Consumers Association claims it found traces of glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. The detected levels were far below the ceiling set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Among the flavors tested, Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie showed the highest levels of glyphosate, with 1.74 parts per billion. However, such amounts might seem insignificant. John Fagan, the chief executive of the Health Research Institute Laboratories, which did the testing for the Organic Consumers Association, calculated that a 75-pound child would have to consume 145,000 eight-ounce servings a day of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream to hit the limit set by the EPA. Still, a Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson told the New York Times the company was working to ensure that all the ingredients in its supply chain come from sources that do not include genetically modified organisms, saying “We’re working to transition away from GMO as far away as we can get.” Monsanto labeled the research “bad science” and the rehashing of a study done five years earlier.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.