- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2014

Neil Young has announced he is boycotting Starbucks because of its ties with Monsanto in suing Vermont over labeling laws for genetically modified organisms.

“I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one,” the Canadian rocker wrote in a statement on his website.

Mr. Young is upset because he believes Starbucks has “teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont and stop accurate food labeling.”

Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled. Amazingly, it claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech,” he wrote. “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.

“It’s a classic David-and-Goliath fight between Vermont and Monsanto. 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,” Mr. Young continued. “Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit — we have a right to know what we put in our mouths.”

Starbucks and Monsanto are both members of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the group suing the state of Vermont. The rumor-squashing website Snopes.com reports that “Direct collusion between Starbucks and Monsanto on the issue is neither evident nor germane to the dispute between the state of Vermont and the GMA.”

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