Crumb | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It


Side Dishes: Ben & Jerry's

That's what you get for pissing off Ben & Jerry's! Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has been getting gallons of flak from free-speech advocates and progressive dairies. Why? Beginning on February 1, the PDA was scheduled to ban dairies from labeling their products as free of rBGH, an artificial growth hormone produced by Missouri-based agri-biz giant Monsanto (See "Ben & Jerry's to Monsanto: Paws Off Our Label!", 1.16.08)

Thanks to consumer feedback and the efforts of companies like Ben & Jerry's, which sent a letter of petition to Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, the gov's office has overturned the ban. There's one stipulation: Companies that label their products as rBGH-free must also include verbiage indicating that milk containing the growth hormone is just as wholesome as milk without it.

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Suzanne Podhaizer

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Food News

Recent Comments

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2019 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation