Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Call to action to make ice cream safer!

I mentioned this on Facebook yesterday, but thought this info on contacting the ice cream companies was worth passing on:

Take Back Our Ice Cream!

No More Genetically Engineered Hormones!

More and more people are finding out that recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is injected into cows producing some of the dairy foods we feed to our children. This drug harms cows, leads to increased antibiotic resistance in humans and may increase cancer rates. Its use has been banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all 27 nations of the European Union.

Thanks to consumer demand, numerous companies don’t use the hormone, including Starbucks, Chipotle Restaurants, Ben & Jerry’s, Darigold, Tillamook and many more. Last year, Yoplait and Dannon yogurts both went completely rBGH-free in response to consumers’ wishes.

But Breyers and Dreyer’s, the two largest ice cream producers, still allow the use of rBGH. Breyers’ brands include Good Humor, Klondike Bars and Popsicle. Dreyer’s includes Haagen Dazs, Nestle´ and Edy’s. Breyers and Haagen Dazs labels even say “All Natural!”

Please help us take the next steps in protecting the health of our families and friends.

If you have only two minutes:

•Please contact Breyers and Dreyer’s today and simply ask them to stop using rBGH – please include what town or city you’re from.

•If you’ve stopped buying their product(s) or will stop because they use rBGH, let them know.

If you have a few more minutes:

•Tell them who you are (such as a mother, nurse, doctor, business owner, teacher, student, etc.).

•And please forward this message through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter , MySpace and good old face-to-face conversations with family members, friends and neighbors.

To email U.S. Ice Cream, which includes Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike Bars and Popsicle, go here. If you’d rather call, the separate numbers are:

BREYERS (800) 931-2826
GOOD HUMOR (800) 931-2854
KLONDIKE (800) 931-2830
POPSICLE (800) 931-2849

To email Dreyer’s, which includes Haagen Dazs, Nestle and Edy’s, go here. For separate phone numbers:

DREYER’S (877) 437-3937
EDY’s (888) 590-3397
NESTLE (800) 225-2270
HAAGEN DAZS (800) 225-2270

The American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Health Care Without Harm, Food and Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Family Farm Defenders, National Family Farm Coalition and Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, among many others, all have taken official positions opposing rBGH.

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility facilitates a nationwide effort opposing rBGH and you can check out a short video, brochure and other documents here to get the facts.

Every e-mail and phone call brings us one step closer to these companies going rBGH-free. THANK YOU!

For more information on how you can help Take Back our Ice Cream, please contact:

Rick North, Project Director, Campaign For Safe Food
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

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