Even though the New York Times is reporting that scientists say the detected levels seem “totally irrelevant,” officials with Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. have promised to stop using ingredients made with glyphosate-dried crops.
The ice cream company’s plan calls for it to stop sourcing ingredients that have been made with crops chemically dried using glyphosate by 2020. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s trademarked Roundup herbicide and many other companies’ products.
“Ingredients like wheat and oats are commonly sprayed with glyphosate as a drying agent before harvest,” according to a company news release. “We understand and share our fans’ desire to limit the amount of chemicals in the food system, which is why this step is important. In addition, we intend to advocate for policies that would end use of glyphosate as a chemical drying agent.”