Though this immensely popular coffee chain often tries to blend in with the health crowd, pretending to be environmentally and nutritionally conscious, the Starbucks Coffee Company is an active member of a food organization fighting to keep you and your family in the dark about genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
It's true -- Starbucks is a dues-paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which is currently trying to sue the state of Vermont for passing a law that requires GMOs to be properly labeled. Starbucks and the GMA would rather continue hiding GMOs in processed foods than have to tell you that they're there and potentially lose business.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has put together a petition asking Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who says his company "has not taken a position on the issue of GMO labeling," to cut ties with the GMA and take a stand against this assault on people's right to know. But Schultz has yet to do this.
The GMA is also actively pushing a bill in Congress that would make it illegal for individual states to pass their own GMO labeling laws in lieu of national labeling requirements. Schultz has stated that his company prefers a "national solution" to the GMO labeling issue, but if the position of the GMA, of which his company is a member, is any indicator of what this actually means, then Starbucks opposes GMO labeling.
"As a member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, (GMA) your membership dues support the GMA's work," reads the OCA petition. "The GMA's work includes filing suit against the state of Vermont to overturn its GMO labeling law, and working with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) on a bill (H.R. 4432) before Congress that would preempt states' rights to pass GMO labeling laws."