Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks over their involvement in GMO lawsuit against Vermont’s new requirement to label genetically modified ingredients. On his website this week, Young urged his followers to boycott as well.
He wrote, “I used to line up and get my latte every day, but yesterday was my last one. Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.”
Last spring, Vermont passed a law that requires GMO labeling by July, 2016. The only exceptions for the law will be dairy products, meat, alcohol, and food served in restaurants.
This led to four food industry organizations to file a lawsuit about the constitutionality of the labeling. The plaintiffs include Grocery Manufacturers Association, Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Food Association, and National Association of Manufacturers. The Grocery Manufacturers Association holds 300 members itself, which include Starbucks and Monsanto.
In Neil Young’s push against Starbucks, he said on his website, “If we can generate enough attention, we can push Starbucks to withdraw its support for the lawsuit, and then pressure other companies to do the same.”
Young also expressed his disappointment that Starbucks would align itself “with the biggest villain of all, Monsanto” because the company has been progressive in the past. Some of the issues Starbucks has been progressive toward include LGBT and labor.
Even though Vermont is a small state, it’s the first to require GMO labeling. Young explained, “Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path – in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont’s law stands strong.”
The rock star, best known for “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Heart of Gold,” has been involved in activism before. Young urged the ban of non-organic cotton in August. He also called for the impeachment of President Obama over his involvement with fracking.
Now that Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks for their involvement in a GMO lawsuit, will you do the same?