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GMO Inside Announces Campaign To Get GMOs Out Of Starbucks’ Dairy

Starbucks Urged to Serve Only Organic Milk and Stop Serving Milk From Cows Fed GMOs; GMO Inside Launches New Push Fresh Off Success with Getting GMOs out of Cheerios.

WASHINGTON, DC – March 4, 2014 – Green America’s GMO Inside campaign today launched a major push to get Starbucks, America’s largest coffee chain with more than 20,000 stores in 62 countries, to serve only organic milk sourced from cows not fed GMOs. In early January, GMO Inside made worldwide headlines when its social media campaign led General Mills to announce that it would drop genetically modified ingredients in basic Cheerios.

The new campaign website (http://www.gmoinside.org/starbucks) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GmoInside) call on Starbucks to stop sourcing milk from cows fed genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in feed, including corn, soy, alfalfa, and cottonseed, and to use a third-party verifier to ensure that the milk used at Starbucks stores is, in fact, sourced from cows eating non-GMO feed. 

“Starbucks already serves soy milk that is organic and non-GMO. Consumers also deserve dairy milk held to the same standard and level of quality,” stated Green America’s GMO Inside Campaign Director Nicole McCann. “Consumers will put pressure on Starbucks to serve only organic, non-GMO milk. And the reality is that the process Starbucks put in place to remove rBGH from its milk source can be used to source organic milk.”

In 2008, in response to consumer and investor concerns, Starbucks committed to source only milk that is rBGH-free (milk free of a growth hormone injection in cows). GMO Inside is now asking the company to take the next step by serving only organic milk from cows that are not fed GMOs. In the current industrial animal agriculture system, most cows providing non-organic milk are fed corn and soy, which are dominated by GMOs. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, putting us all at risk.

The move GMO Inside presents is commercially feasible inasmuch as Pret a Manger, another quick service food and coffee chain, has already made a commitment to serving organic milk in its stores and sells coffee at competitive prices.

“Starbucks made the right move in removing growth hormones from its milk,” stated Green America President and GMO Inside Co-Chair Alisa Gravitz. “However, Starbucks has sent confusing messages to its customers by stopping short of addressing long-term environmental as well as human and animal health concerns. In contrast, Pret A Manger, a growing and thriving quick service chain, already serves only organic dairy and soy at comparable prices.” 

“The days when a global company like Starbucks can hide GMOs from the customer are over. The age of transparency is here and I expect Starbucks will shortly realize it’s in its best interest to eliminate GMOs from its supply chain,” said GMO Inside Co-Chair John W. Roulac.

“As a dues paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Starbucks has helped bankroll efforts to defeat GMO labeling in the US for the past two years. It’s time for Starbucks to commit to transparency and the highest quality ingredients for their customers,” said Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!

“Consumers are increasingly looking for organic milk. I stopped drinking Starbucks lattes once I found out the health implications of consuming non-organic milk. Starbucks would be surprised to see how many more customers would start visiting their stores if they started serving it. This is a win-win situation for everyone,” stated Vani Hari, creator of FoodBabe.com.

GMO Inside’s campaign is launched on the heels of the consumer victory to get GMO ingredients out of original Cheerios. GMO Inside mobilized 50,000 people to post comments on Cheerios’ Facebook wall and mobilized over 35,000 consumers to write to and telephone the company. General Mills’ decision to remove GMOs from original Cheerios was joined in the past year by Post Cereals removing GMOs from original Grape Nuts; Chipotle, Ben & Jerry’s, and Kashi agreeing to phase out GMOs from their foods; and Whole Foods announcing that it will label GMOs sold in its stores by 2018.

GMO Inside is urging Starbucks to sell organic milk and end the consumption of GMOs by cows because of environmental and health concerns affiliated with GMOs. A majority of all GMOs are engineered to tolerate being sprayed with herbicide. As a result, the use of chemical herbicides, like Roundup, has continued to increase, not decrease as Big Ag promised. Lately, the emergence of “super weeds” resistant to Roundup require more toxic herbicides to be applied to crops. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created and profit from them. GMOs have yet to be proven safe for humans, animal, or the planet by independent long-term studies.

ABOUT GMO INSIDE

GMO Inside is a campaign dedicated to A) helping all Americans know which foods have GMOs inside, and B) removing GMOs from our food supply. We believe that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food and to choose foods that are proven safe for people, their families, and the environment. GMO Inside provides the information for a growing community of people from all walks of life, to make informed decisions around genetically engineered foods. Join the campaign at www.gmoinside.org, and take part in the GMO Inside community on Facebook and Twitter. GMO Inside coalition partners include Nutiva, Food Democracy Now!, Institute for Responsible Technology, LabelGMOs.org, and Vani Hari, creator of FoodBabe.com.

ABOUT GREEN AMERICA

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses, investors, and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.greenamerica.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Will Harwood, (703) 276-3255 or wharwood@hastingsgroup.com.

 

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  1. sridevi
    April 9, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Remove GMOs please.

  2. sridevi
    April 9, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    No GMOs please.

    • Marge Poston
      April 10, 2014 at 6:33 am #

      Please keep your products safe for my husband and all others who trust and love your products. Keep gmo’s out of the food and drinks you serve. You have a big responsibility to your customers. Keep them safe please!! Be one of the first places of this kind of business to be responsible.

      Mrs. Marge Poston

  3. linda
    April 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Please remove the gmos. Thank-you.

  4. Sheri
    April 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    My family and I love your products. Please love us back by going Non-GMO. <3

  5. marcelo ferreyra
    April 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    stop selling gmos!

  6. Bonnie Graham
    April 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Please stop using GMO products. I am a long time customer and will not purchase GMO products in any form.

  7. Judith Juselius
    April 11, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    I encourage you to stop using milk that has come from cows that have eaten GMO’s. Your product is wonderful , but it should not include this type of milk. People become more aware of the importance of organic, we are slowly learning what many of these GMO products are doing, when consumed . You have a responsibility to your customers of providing a “clean” product or at the very least signage that is big enough and prominently displayed so that they have a choice . It may be cheaper for you, but not better and you have that responsibility to your customers .

  8. Lisa
    April 11, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    PLEASE PLEASE remove GMO’s! If not for your sake, for your grandchildren’s!

  9. Mitchell Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., d.a.b.f.m.
    April 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    GMOs MUST be removed from all Starbucks products immediately, or my family and I will never patronize any of your stores again. Moreover, I will also persuade my very large patient population to boycott Starbucks until you remove all Monsanto and GMO products!

  10. Andrew
    May 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Be a leader and stand up against GMOs. It will allow other companies to join the fight.

  11. Rachel
    July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Remove ALL GMOs and non-organic ingredients from your stores please.

  12. Johnathon
    July 26, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    Starbucks , please stop using GMO’s in your food and drinks. I am grateful you have changed the supplier that you used to purchase chicken in your great chicken sandwiches, however the next step is for Starbucks to go NON GMO and Organic and support clean foo. Please hurry, I have given up my Starbucks coffee drinks and I miss it!

  13. Mary
    August 5, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GET RID OF THE GMOS! Organic all the way ! Lets start this move to a better future through healthier food ! We are killing ourselves with diseases and cancer because of these GMOs!

  14. Mary
    August 5, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    GET RID OF THE GMOS! Organic all the way ! Lets start this move to a better future through healthier food ! We are killing ourselves with diseases and cancer because of these GMOs!

  15. Margaret
    November 11, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    I love Starbucks! But please! No GMO!

  16. Jim
    November 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    It’s is sad to think that a corporation is treated as a person when it comes to their first amendment rights. Labels is not freedom of speech nor is a corporation a person. A person is no longer considered a person when it quits breathing and I have never know a corporation to breath.

    GMO foods are a scourge on our society creating health problems that are to date unknown, but it will come out eventually. The high rate of diabetes is a prime example. Can I directly connect the two, no, but if you look at some of the evidence coming out of the European sector, it’s a matter of time…. but will it be too late for us? Who knows?

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