Protest Against Ben and Jerry's Is June 20

There will be a rally to protest Ben and Jerry's in Deerfield, Massachusetts on June 20 at 11:30 a.m. Deerfield is near Northampton and Greenfield. The rally will be at the Ben and Jerry's store in Deerfield.

Rally organizers say many of the workers at the farms where the milk used by Ben and Jerry's is from are paid below minimum wage. Ben and Jerry's is owned by Unilever Corporation, which also owns Dove soap, Vaseline, “I Can't Believe It's Not Butter,” and other companies. The CEO of Unilever was paid $11.4 million last year.

U.S. senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont wrote the introduction to the book Milk Money. On page 214, a medical doctor says that when you drink non-organic milk “you're drinking a lot of pasteurized pus.” One way to avoid that is to only eat cheese and other dairy products if they are organic, according to the book. Ben and Jerry's is made from non-organic milk. Organic ice cream is available at the food co-ops in Northampton, Greenfield, and Brattleboro, and at Better Life Whole Foods in Springfield, Massachusetts and Blueberry Fields in Keene. (The Keene food co-op does not sell organic ice cream.)

More information about the rally is available at www.MigrantJustice.net. It is being organized by the local chapter of Jobs With Justice: www.jwj.org.

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