Regeneration Vermont’s Reports

Vermont’s large-farm dairy industry is under increasing scrutiny for a variety of economic, ecological, and humanitarian transgressions. Ben & Jerry’s, for example, was recently the subject of a New York Times exclusive that reported on the existence of the pesticide glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of its ice cream.

But contamination from the mega-dairies that supply Vermont’s big brands, like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, is nothing new to Vermonters, especially when it comes to the contamination of our waterways… continue reading report (PDF).

Biotechnology corporations have never been conservative with their public relations efforts, especially when trotting out new techniques aimed at market domination. Huge claims are made, and many people – scientists, lawyers, marketing professional and journalists – are paid, directly or indirectly, to make a great show of the claims. World hunger will be solved. Labor will be saved. And your bank accounts will explode. If only you adopt the latest and greatest methods, which, it just so happens, they’re selling. And so goes the story of modern industrial agriculture.

The advent of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agricultural crops came with a rush of corporate promises. But it was the promise of the reduction in toxic inputs – pesticides, fertilizers, etc. – that was the most featured rallying cry for GMO corporations… continue reading report (PDF).