Fresh cream and milk make up more than half of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. So we’ve always tried to make sure our company’s values—including support for safe and sustainable food production, family farms, and rural communities—are reflected in the milk we buy.
In 1989, Ben & Jerry’s came out in opposition to the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a genetically engineered hormone given to cows to increase their milk production. We think rBGH is a step in the wrong direction toward a chemically intensive, high-tech food system that has unacceptable social and environmental costs.
For decades, we’ve been buying milk from farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with rBGH. We continue to work with a coalition of nonprofit groups and companies in the US to defend the consumer's right to know.