Ben & Jerry’s: good flavor, bad business

Ben & Jerry’s: good flavor, bad business

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream may be delicious, but the fact is that the company is run by typical environmental hypocrites.

Most lefty greenies are in the movement out of misplaced altruism, based on very distorted science, or because of their Nazi mentality, which sees it as a powerful weapon of control over everybody else. Others are just in it for the money.

Recently, Ben & Jerry’s ran an advertisement about the horrors of dioxin exposure that frightened people. It nicely illustrated the dedication of B & J in their brave fight against the corporate miscreants who “everyone knows” are trying to poison us all with carcinogens. They let the American public know that, in order to “protect” us, they use unbleached paper in their ice cream cartons to reduce the levels of the dreaded dioxin.

But there is a sleight of hand involved in this show of environmental piety (a common problem with environmental fanatics, since their scientific proof is usually nonexistent). They point proudly to the paper in their cardboard containers and pronounce it chlorine- and dioxin-free. What they don’t tell people is that this grand gesture on their part is entirely meaningless, since cardboard and paper do not contain dioxin in the first place.

The dioxin is in their ice cream. “And nobody eats the container, they eat the ice cream,” said investigator Steven Milloy to a WebMD reporter.

“Ounce for ounce, Ben & Jerry’s vanilla ice cream contains more dioxin than is permitted in industrial wastewater, according to an analysis presented at the ‘Dioxin 2000? meeting in Monterey, California,” states the article on WebMD. It also contains 190 times more dioxin than the minimal amount considered somewhat safe by the EPA.

Making sense of the numbers

On the surface, this makes eating the ice cream seem like slurping down toxic sludge. But let’s not jump to any hasty conclusions.

Milloy sent a sample of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla to an independent laboratory, where it underwent two widely accepted tests. Researchers found that each serving contains about one-trillionth of a gram of dioxin.

Now, what does this shocking information mean in terms of health and, specifically, the safety of Ben & Jerry’s vanilla?

It means nothing in terms of health. Each serving of the ice cream contains about one-trillionth of a gram of dioxin. Do you realize how little one-trillionth of a gram is? It’s a homeopathic dose that couldn’t possibly harm you and might, in fact, be good for you. Even the loons at the EPA admit this dose is harmless.

The problem is not with the ice cream itself. The problem is with a company that poses as altruistic while only telling the public a fraction (at best) of the truth. Ben & Jerry’s is still safe to eat-if you don’t mind supporting hypocrites. It’s not that B & J’s ice cream is bad; it’s very good. It’s just their deceitful propaganda that will gag you.

Daniel J. DeNoon, “Who’s to Blame for Dioxin in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream?” WebMD Medical News, 8/18/00