Starbucks Misleads Consumers about Genetically-Modified Foods

Starbucks has responded to petitions which combined have over 357,000 signatories telling Starbucks to stop supporting genetically-modified foods through its membership dues in the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA). (The GMA has recently been called “the most evil corporation on the planet“). Yet, Starbucks’ public relations campaign fails to tell consumers the whole story. Here’s why Starbucks is misleading the public:

-On Starbucks’ website the company declares “Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign.”

REALITY: Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and its dues as well as the dues of the organization’s more than 300 other members are assisting the GMA with suing Vermont. According to news reports: “Vermont passed a law last spring that requires all food products containing GMOs to be labeled as such by July 1, 2016, with the exception of dairy products, meat, alcohol and food served in restaurants… Among the plaintiffs is the Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose more than 300 members include both Starbucks and Monsanto.”

-Starbucks’ website states: “And Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont State law.”

REALITY: Starbucks IS aligned as one of the members, along with Monsanto, in its membership in the GMA, which is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Vermont. Without the financial support of its members the GMA wouldn’t have the funds to sue the state.

-Starbucks tells the public that “The petition claiming that Starbucks is part of this litigation is completely false and we have asked the petitioners to correct their description of our position.”

REALITY: As you’ve already seen the GMA is suing the state of Vermont. Starbucks is a member of the GMA. The members are indirectly funding the litigation through their membership fees and association with the organization.

-Starbucks also states that: “Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling.”

REALITY: The Grocery Manufacturers Association is violating consumers’ right to know what is in their food through its lawsuit attacking GMO labeling and Vermont’s new laws requiring that genetically-modified foods be labelled. Membership in the GMA is a vote in favor of GMOs.

Rocker Neil Young recently took a stand against Starbucks through a statement on his website which reads: “GOODBYE STARBUCKS!!! I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one. Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling. Tell Starbucks to withdraw support for the lawsuit — we have a right to know what we put in our mouths. Starbucks doesn’t think you have the right to know what’s in your coffee. So it’s teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small U.S. state of Vermont to stop you from finding out. Hiding behind the shadowy “Grocery Manufacturers Association,” Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that’s aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled…But whatever you think of GMOs, corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions with strong public backing.”

Additionally, although Starbucks has received over 120,000 signatures on petitions since March 2014 requesting the company switch to GMO-free milk, the company has not made a public statement or responded to consumers on the issue. Now an additional 26,000 signatures tell Starbucks to stop supporting the GMA.

Check out my recent article “Tell Starbucks to Stop Supporting Genetically Modified Foods

Sign the petition here: Tell Starbucks to take a real stand on GMOs and drop out of the GMA!

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Magdalena C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Alison A.
Alison A4 years ago

Thanks for posting, petition signed.

Valerie A.
Valerie A4 years ago

petition signed, thanks

Rich Welch
Rich Welch4 years ago

Starbucks advocates for fair trade pricing but pulls corporate double talk on GMA. Boycott and let Starbucks know you will no longer buy any of their products or gifting anything from them this holiday season! Post on their FB,Twitter,and other social media sites about your opinion!

Janet B.
Janet B4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


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Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson4 years ago

I love Starbucks and I'm really bummed out about this......

Jessica K.
Jessica K4 years ago

Vote with your dollar. Thanks.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you