GE soy, soy derivatives, corn sweeteners, and cooking oils.
Patronize local, socially responsible businesses and products.
If local coffee shops are brewing organic and Fair Trade coffee
and avoiding GE ingredients, give your business to them instead
Look up your local Starbucks in the telephone directory and give
them a call. Ask them if they intend to comply with the demands
of the Organic Consumers Association. If not, tell them you will
take your business to a socially responsible cafe.
Call, write, fax or email Starbucks.
Since we began this campaign last year, Starbucks has sworn off the
use of GE coffee beans and has begun to address a number of other
issues. But they still have a long way to go. Keep up the pressure.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Go into a Starbucks coffee shop and talk to the manager or person
in charge. Show them this leaflet and ask for written assurance that
they will remove rBGH and other genetically engineered (GE)
ingredients from their coffee beverages and their foods; that they
will start brewing Fair Trade coffee as their "coffee of the day" at
least one day a week; and that they will fulfill their pledge to pay
a living wage to small farmers and coffee plantation workers.
Ask your local Starbucks to brew you an individual cup of Fair Trade
Coffee. If they refuse, let them know you will take your business
elsewhere and send a complaint to Starbucks (see below).
Ask Starbucks to show you what brand of milk they are using in
your coffee or bottled Frappuccino and take note of whether it is
labeled as rBGH-free. If you are ordering organic milk or soy milk
with your coffee, tell them you think the 50¢ surcharge is
outrageous. Ask if their baked goods are organic or free from
DO YOU WANT
Your coffee beverages and food to be
free of genetically engineered ingredients
and dangerous hormones?
DO YOU WANT
To support fair wages and living conditions
for coffee farmers and plantation workers?
IF SO HERE ARE SOME THINGS
YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
Despite rising consumer concerns, most Starbucks outlets
are still using milk from dairies where cows are injected
with Monsanto's controversial recombinant Bovine Growth
hormone (rBGH), a hormone often associated with higher
risks for cancer. rBGH is a powerful drug which cruelly damages
the health of dairy cows, forcing them to give more
milk. Milk from rBGH-injected cows is also likely to contain
more pus, antibiotic residues, and bacteria. rBGH is banned
in nearly every industrialized country in the world
except for the US.
Starbucks refuses to guarantee that the milk, chocolate, ice
cream, bottled Frappuccino drinks, and baked goods they
are selling are free of rBGH (also known as rBST) and other
genetically engineered ingredients.
Although Starbucks now offers non-rBGH organic milk and
soy milk as an option in its US cafes, most customers are
unaware of this. In addition, they are charging an extra
50¢ per cup for these safer, non-genetically engineered
Although Starbucks has bowed to consumer pressure and
begun selling certified Fair Trade or organic coffee in bulk,
they are still refusing to brew it on a regular basis. Many of
Starbucks competitors, however, are already brewing Fair
Trade and organic coffee daily. Starbucks boasts that they
are a major purchaser of organic and Fair Trade coffee but
organic and Fair Trade represent less than 3% of their sales.
In 1995, Starbucks promised to pay a living wage to small
farmers and impoverished workers on the coffee plantations
of its suppliers. Ten years later, Starbucks has done
little or nothing to meet this pledge. They claim to pay
top dollar for their coffee, yet most of this money goes
to middlemen, not the farmers or workers. Buying significant
amounts of certified Fair Trade coffee would guarantee
farmers a living wage.
STARBUCKS CONTACT INFORMATION:
Write: Jim Donald, CEO
Starbucks Coffee Company
2401 Utah Avenue South
P.O. Box 34067
Seattle, WA 98134
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and the growing Fair Trade Movement across the world.
Talk to the person who handed you this leaflet to get involved
locally. Keep informed on this campaign by visiting our web site at
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