Dear Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks,
As a concerned consumer who cares about the environmental, social, and health impacts of the food I buy and the companies I support, I urge you to serve organic dairy milk at Starbucks, and stop using milk sourced from factory farms, where cows are fed diets of genetically modified grains and routinely administered antibiotics.
At the same time, I’m appalled by Starbucks’ membership in the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the GMAs illegitimate campaign to deny Americans the right to know what’s in their food. As a Starbucks’s customer, I’m asking that Starbucks terminate their membership in the GMA and publicly come out in favor of mandatory GMO labeling.
It’s time for Starbucks to live up to their marketing claims of “ethical sourcing” and “sustainability” by sourcing dairy products from local, organic family farmers and removing GMOs from their in-store baked goods.
Foods created from genetically engineered crops degrade the quality of our land and water, perpetuate corporate-controlled agriculture, and have potentially negative health impacts on livestock. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, putting us all at risk.
As the public has become more educated about the impacts of GMO-driven agriculture and the influence of Big Biotech—Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta—over our food system, consumers are increasingly seeking out non-GMO products that fit into a sustainable lifestyle.
Starbucks is already a leader in the coffee shop industry by serving rBGH-free dairy and using only organic soy milk. By setting the same organic standard for dairy milk, removing GMOs from their baked goods and stop their involvement in the fight against GMO labeling, Starbucks can demonstrate a serious commitment to providing environmentally and socially conscious products and become a real partner in building local communities and respecting the democratic process to support openness and transparency in our food supply.
I urge you to take this important step for people and the planet.