Singer/songwriter Neil Young recently struck a sour note with Starbucks when he wrote that he’d waited in line for his last cup of Joe imprinted with the famous mermaid logo.
It seems Young learned that Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the multi-billion-dollar lobbying group that is suing to overturn Vermont’s GMO labeling law.
Starbucks took offense, claiming that Young, and the boycott petition he signed, were wrong. When that wasn’t enough to cool the media attention, the GMA chimed in: "Neither Starbucks nor Monsanto is participating in our lawsuit to overturn Vermont's GMO labeling law."
Nice try. Fact is, corporations join lobbying groups like the GMA so they can maintain a consumer-friendly image while the lobbying group does the dirty work for them. Case in point: When Washington State sued the GMA for money laundering, the GMA defended its creation of the “Defense of Brand Strategic Account” to “better shield individual companies from attack,” by claiming that the lobbying group speaks “with one voice” for its members.