Neil Young will have to go elsewhere for his daily dose of caffeine. The legendary rocker is boycotting Starbucks until they pull out of a lawsuit against the state of Vermont, whose new law requires companies to label the GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on their food products.
According to Sum Of Us, an organization dedicated to fighting corporations, Starbucks and Monsanto -- an agriculture company that has been labeled America's third-most-hated company -- are fighting Vermont as the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The group said Vermont's law, which requires labels on food products containing GMO, is a "costly and misguided measure" with "no basis in health, safety or science" and that it would raise prices for families by $400 a year.
But advocates like Young believe Starbucks, Monsanto and Vermont's own Green Mountain Coffee are just bullying the state so they don't have to label their products. Those opposing the lawsuit say Vermont, a small state with just 626,630 people, will not easily be able to defend themselves against the heavy-weight corporations.
"Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee," he wrote on his website. "Monsanto might not care what we think -- but as a public-facing company, Starbucks does. 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."
Vermont's law has already pushed companies, like Ben & Jerry's, to ditch GMOs instead of having to label them.
"It's a classic David and Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto," he continued. "Considering that Starbucks has been progressive on LGBT and labor issues in the past, it's disappointing that it is working with the biggest villain of them all, Monsanto."