Ben & Jerry's agrees to improve conditions for farmworkers

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - May 19, 2011: A Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream shop sign on an exterior store wall in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ben and Jerry's is a national chain of ice cream shops that uses all natural ingredients to make gourmet ice cream in many ... flavors. (NoDerog)

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has agreed to improve the pay and working conditions of people hired by farms that provide milk to the company.

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Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's signed an agreement Tuesday in Burlington with the group Migrant Justice, promising to treat farmworkers and farmers who contribute to its products more fairly. Migrant Justice Leader Enrique "Kike" Balcazar called the agreement the first of its kind in the dairy industry.

Balcazar says some farmworkers don't get days off and live in substandard housing, issues that are addressed in the agreement.

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