Neil Young has announced via his website that he will no longer be getting his lattes at Starbucks, due to its partnership with Monsanto, an industrial agricultural company and one that is no stranger to controversy.
Monsanto and its genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds have been the subject of documentaries (Forks Over Knives and GMO OMG), not to mention global protests; a quick search for hashtags like #monsantoevil or #stopmonsanto on Twitter yields a plethora of results.
Young is upset because he believes that Starbucks has teamed with Monsanto in suing the state of Vermont to block a law that requires genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such.
“Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit we have a right to know what we put in our mouths,” he wrote. “Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out.”
He believes that by pressuring Starbucks to withdraw from the lawsuit it’s purportedly part of, others will do the same.
“Monsanto might not care what we think—but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does,” he said. “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.”