Another excuse to buy Ben and Jerry’s! (As if I needed one)

Woo hoo!

Life is good!

From the article on TreeHugger:

“Ben & Jerry’s has recently committed to sourcing every possible ingredient from Fair Trade Certified producers. In 2005, it became the first ice cream company to use Fair Trade Certified ingredients and today it has announced that all flavors will be Fair Trade Certified by the end of 2013.”

This is big news for us.  My husband is the globally monogamous type–which is great for our marriage, of course, but sometimes I wish he would just once try another ice cream, or another assortment of pizza toppings, or another brand of socks, or stuff like that.  Variety just isn’t his thing–he glomms onto one thing and that’s it.

In terms of ice cream, that’s Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.  Always.  Again and again. It’s all he ever wants.

While maritally monogamous, of course, I occasionally like to try different flavors of ice cream, from different brands.  But I have to admit B&J makes some good stuff.  New York Super Fudge Chunk.  Coffee Heath Bar Chunk.  Banana Split. And of course the classic, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. (My favorite was Wavy Gravy, but that one’s long since been discontinued.  That was a flavor I could have been monogamous about…)

Go Ben and Jerry!

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Posted on February 24, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. mmmm, I love Ben and Jerry’s. If you ever get a chance to go to their factory in Vermont, do it. It’s very cool.

  2. you might want to check out their policies as to where they get their cream for their ice cream. I have heard from my niece who lives in VT that the dairy farms who supply them are not of the humane dairy farm type. I dont know this for sure, but….. Makes you think tho!

  3. greenmomintheburbs

    Well, a promise to be fully “fair trade certified” by a certain date is kind of an admission itself that they are not yet where they want to be. And I guess until they put “organic” or “free range” or “humanely produced milk” on their cartons, one has to assume that they are still not there on that front too. On the other hand, it’s a process–they are the ones that (IMO) sort of singlehandedly raised awareness of rBGH in milk by proclaiming loudly that they don’t use it, and whether it was a marketing tactic or not, it sure had reverberations.

    I just always have to applaud when a large company serves notice like this, effectively saying to all its suppliers “we’re changing, and guess what, if you don’t change with us we’re going to get our supplies elsewhere.” Even if they are not perfect, it’s a step in the right direction.

  4. greenmomintheburbs

    Another note: I looked up B&J’s dairy supplier; here’s the link:
    http://www.stalbanscooperative.com/

    So they are local and a coop, which are good things, but since there’s not a word about the treatment of the cows one must assume that they are not a “happy cow” facility. I’m going to drop them an email (can’t hurt to ask, right?) to see if they can clarify the question at all…

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