Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto’s Artificial Hormones?

Haagen_Dazs_LogoDamn, I like Häagen-Dazs too… John Robbins, author of The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less, warns against it for Huffington Post:

Monsanto has been in the news this week, with a U.S. District Court Judge ruling that the USDA has to at least go through the motions of regulating the company’s genetically engineered sugar beets. Monsanto, you may know, is not likely to win any contests for the most popular company. In fact, it has been called the most hated corporation in the world, which is saying something, given the competition from the likes of BP, Halliburton and Goldman Sachs.

This has gotten me thinking about, of all things, ice cream, and of how Monsanto’s clammy paws can be found in some of the most widely selling ice cream brands in the country. These brands could break free from Monsanto’s clutches. So far they haven’t, but maybe this is about to change.

Ben & Jerry’s gets all their milk from dairies that have pledged not to inject their cows with genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Why, then, can’t Haagen Dazs, Breyers and Baskin-Robbins do the same?

Starbucks now guarantees that all their milk, cream and other dairy products are rBGH-free. So do Yoplait and Dannon yogurts, Tillamook cheese, Chipotle restaurants, and many others. But ice cream giants Haagen Dazs, Breyers and Baskin-Robbins continue to use milk from cows injected with rBGH, a hormone that’s been banned in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and all 27 nations of the European Union. As if to add insult to injury, Haagen Dazs and Breyers have the audacity to tell us, right on the label, that their ice cream is ” All Natural.”

We have Monsanto to thank for rBGH. Monsanto developed the artificial hormone and marketed it aggressively for years, before selling it in 2008 to Elanco, a division of the Eli Lilly drug company. Of course, Monsanto (and now Elanco) wants us to think the hormone is in every way completely satisfactory…

[continues at Huffington Post]


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16 Comments on "Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto’s Artificial Hormones?"

  1. This is where I draw the line. I don't want that shit'n my main source of deliciously sumptuous calories.


    Carry on. =)

  2. Curious how Disinfo supports legalizing marijuana (which is proved to damage both short-term and long-term health ) but flips out about artificial hormones, which have a much more ambiguous record of harm.

    • Seems obvious to me that Disinfo's hegemonic discourse about drugs is predicated on the quasi-Marxist dialectic that “natural” drugs are always good, while “artificial” drugs are always bad.

      • Tchoutoye | Aug 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm |

        I didn't know Karl Marx was a drug advocate. I guess his “Religion is the opium of the masses” was an endorsement rather than a condemnation. Or perhaps you're referring to Groucho Marx who once enjoyed the benefits of taking LSD (somewhere between natural and artificial, for what those terms are worth).

      • Gemmarama | Aug 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm |

        so mom, if you're such an expert, how much would you have to smoke for it to be bad for your health? would “short-term” issues such as unhealthy lungs, memory loss, and mental health problems result from smoking say every day? how about if you smoked about five joints a day for ten years, would that make you schizo d'ya think?

        i've smoked at least a quarter of high-grade grass every week for over the past decade. i smoke literally from the minute i wake up 'til the minute i hit the sack. during that time i've obtained an honours degree, held down several demanding and pressurised managerial positions, learnt two trades, and spent my spare time cooking, reading hundreds of books, and hill-walking. do i sound like a fuck-up to you?

        i know smoking tobacco with it isn't good for me but that's MY choice. i balance it out by eating well, drinking in moderation, and not sitting in front of fox news all night every night letting my brain rot like you evidently do. i am ill less often than most people i know.

        what gets me most about you anti-drugs idiots is that most of you have never even had a toke in your lives. you have no idea what you're talking about.

        • Yeah, I've smoked for many……..WOAH !! This chocolate bar's got PECANS…..MIXED IN WITH THE CARAMEL!!!!………….uh what was the question?

        • dumbsaint | Aug 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm |

          In fairness Gemma I've charred a similar amount to you and my memory is definitely less than it was. Amongst mates of mine it's even worse.

          That said, I imagine if I replaced all that weed with grog I'd be severely fucked. Yet our govts trust us to self regulate with that.

          • Gemmarama | Aug 24, 2010 at 5:23 am |

            the thing is, all drugs are different, and they're different for everybody. everyone acknowledges that even different brands of beer have different effects (e.g. stella makes you wanna battle, wienstephan makes you sleepy), so why this black-and-white “drugs are bad” attitude has to persist is beyond me.

            it's time for a truly informed, adult debate on the matter! current approaches blatantly are NOT working.

      • myth_slayer | Aug 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm |

        Well, the Monsanto drive to monopolize life itself, the ultimate step up from the usual corporate fascist urge to monopolize land, capital and knowledge, certainly should give one pause.

        And some simple searches demonstrate that Monsanto is majority-controlled by BankofAmerica (via BlackRock), should give everyone further pause.

        And when one considers the “Initiative for Global Development's” push for spreading Monsanto GMOs, as well as promoting the adoption of Global Development Bonds (as in peddling securitized debt, which are underwritten by taxpayers, but which profit those financial institutions who invest in them — as in Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, et al.), it looks just like more financial scamming to this humble Americanski.

        (For some peculiar reason they recently pulled their report on the above, while I happened to be perusing it, but you can still read the cached version:)

      • What “seems obvious” to you is the result of cursory glances, mechanical judgments, and shallow thinking. I've never smoked marijuana or tobacco, nor used any harder drugs, and have only drank alcohol a few times. You may try hard to fit a stereotype, but that doesn't mean the rest of us do.

    • Dude…srsly…you keep on attributing a central cause or purpose to a user based site. Some users really dig the drug culture…their posts reflect that. Some really dig politics…their posts reflect that. Some dig music or occult phenomena…or food health…or etc etc etc. Individual posts reflect individual tastes.

      You have just got to pull out of this notion of a collective stance that is rigid and absolute…or you're going to keep on making incredibly inaccurate presumptions in public.

      That said…there is nothing ambiguous about artificial hormones…unless you read only the press releases from the manufacturers and the carefully 'balanced' news from MSM…which doesn't dare disparage a major corporation ever since 'food disparagement laws' gave corps the right to issue frivolous lawsuits every time someone mentions that they might be selling poorly tested poison.

    • dumbsaint | Aug 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm |

      No ones in denial about the health effects of pot. The health effects of not legalizing it are worse though : Violent drug

      You actually raise an interesting counter – argument now and then Cerebral. Pity you have't the balls to register an account and engage with us as a peer rather than pathetic attempts to troll.

  3. justagirl | Aug 23, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    bring on the prostate cancer!! häagen-dazs peanut butter chocolate is my favorite!!

  4. This is exactly why I broke away from regular brands and started getting my gelato from a local, hormone free maker.

    Once you've had stuff like this…you'll laugh at the memory of thinking Edy's Gourmet Ice Cream was actually gourmet in any way other than name.

  5. Gemmarama | Aug 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm |

    well as someone uniquely qualified to comment on this particular matter – i make artisanal ice cream for a living, out of organic milk, cream, sugar, pure fruit purees, and little else – i wouldn't touch any of the shit you buy in the supermarket with a ten-foot pole.

    find someone like me in your area and use -em. there's no going back. it's like comparing beer from a micro-brewery with budweiser.

  6. What “seems obvious” to you is the result of cursory glances, mechanical judgments, and shallow thinking. I’ve never smoked marijuana or tobacco, nor used any harder drugs, and have only drank alcohol a few times. You may try hard to fit a stereotype, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us do.

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