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Neil Young dumps Starbucks over company’s Monsanto alliance, GMO secrecy

PostedDecember 1, 2014 by in International

Neil Young dumps Starbucks over company's Monsanto alliance

Read this Nov. 19 opinion column from the health blog Natural Society on socially-conscious rocker Neil Young’s decision to publicly boycott Starbucks over its support of GMO products.

I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one. ~ Neil Young

I, like Neil, have lined up at a Starbucks counter, waiting patiently behind ten people to get my caffeine fix. But there’s something that changed this habit. The coffee shop on every corner (there are almost 12,000 stores in the US) is helping to keep you in the dark about GMOs in your food and beverages. Recently, they have teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont over the recently passed GMO labeling initiative. What gives, Starbucks?

Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks, and you should too. The company obviously doesn’t think you have the right to know what is in your food. Why sue a small state that legally determined for itself that GMOs should be labeled? It once again comes down to money.

“Hiding behind the shadowy ‘Grocery Manufacturers Association,’ Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled,” Young wrote. “Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”

Starbucks once used only organic milk, but in the frenzy to grow bigger, they started using cow’s milk that is contaminated with GMOs due to the genetically altered soy, and corn given to many dairy cows as feed. This has led to countless consumers telling Starbucks to go organic and drop the GMO milk, or business will dwindle.

Starbucks also sells other items that are contaminated with GMOs, as many restaurants do. They don’t want to have to worry about what they feed their customers, just as long as those stocks and profits keep going up!

Starbucks has hidden their non-GMO support behind the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s front. Starbucks claims that the Vermont law requiring the labeling of genetically modified ingredients “is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”



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    The original Coffee-Houses were hotbeds of radical discourse, arts & culture and new, progressive and revolutionary ideas. Starbucks is a brain-dead Monsanto breeding ground…where corporate trolls receive their “Soma” and reproduce, so they they can be slaves useful to Monsanto and their GMO/Glyphosate fuelled agenda of world domination and control of our food supply through monoculture “farming”.


    If you buying Coffee at any Corporate BS place like this your part of the F-ing problem . JUST STOP ! , it’s that F-ing easy

    Shawn Heslip

    Another thing Old Neil didn’t mind that Starbucks’ business model needs to pay starvation wages, avoid paying taxes, or the exploitation of coffee farmers but not labeling for GMOs that’s too much! Too much indeed!

    Shawn Heslip

    Common Sense seems to be in short supply. All the science says GMOs are safe. Every national science academy has said they are safe. Progressives believe climate science but don’t believe GMO science. Cognitive dissonance! What gives?

    Liam Young

    Why stop with Starbucks? What record does ANY fast food supplier or producer offer us by way of their ‘clean’ record? Tim’s? Ha! Second Cup? Give me a break!
    What’s important here is to JUST STOP BUYING AT ALL FAST FOOD PLACES. Period.
    A boycott against a single company is about as effective as boycotting Esso to ‘get them back’ for Valdez.

    Don F.

    “an assault on corporations’ right to free speech”, what a sham! Corporations hate free speech.
    They hate it even more when it comes from someone such as Neil.
    Good on you Neil Young for standing firmly on the side of peoples rights to know what they are paying for and consuming into their body.
    If corporates believe there is nothing wrong with GMO products they should say that on their labels and let people decide to buy or not.


    Good for Neil Young
    Finally some sensible actions that affect the bottom line of business.
    I personally will no longer eat at McDonalds or Tim Horton’s for other reasons and will now include Starbucks as well.
    What money I might have I spend in businesses that I wish to support – my decision.

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