Once You Read This, You’ll Never Go to Starbucks Again

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Starbucks has become a cultural icon ever since it opened its first cafe in Washington. Now, you can barely go for a walk without walking past one or more Starbucks shops. This makes it extremely easy to pop in for a drink when you are feeling a little tired or worn down.

However, Starbucks does not really have your best interests in mind. In fact, by supporting them with your money, you are directly contributing to efforts that go against your beliefs. Learn more about why you should never drink Starbucks again.

How Starbucks Misleads Consumers

If you just look at the surface, it seems like Starbucks is an environmentally-friendly company that wants its customers to have the best products they can. In addition, they pride themselves on using ethically sourced coffee, a goal that they hope to completely fulfill in 2015.

Recently, the company even removed high fructose corn syrup from their drinks.By all appearances, Starbucks is moving toward the same vision of the future that you have. Behind the scenes, however, it is a completely different story.

Starbucks and Its Ties to GMO Companies

In the last two years, Starbucks has been one of the biggest financial supporters of efforts to block GMO labeling bills in California and Washington. When Vermont enacted a GMO labeling bill, Starbucks teamed up with GMA to sue the state and send a message to other states that were considering such bills.

Starbucks, in the last two years, has spent over $70 million in the fight against GMO labeling. Do Starbucks executives really believe that you don’t deserve to know what is in your food? Though they preach about sustainability and knowing what’s in your food, their legislative lobbying tells you what their real priorities are.

On top of that, Starbucks uses antibiotic-laced milk from cows who are fed GMOs. Consumers have repeatedly indicated that they would love to see organic milk at Starbucks, and most would even be willing to pay a little extra for organic milk.

However, despite customer feedback, Starbucks continues to use conventional milk that could impact your health for decades to come.

Cutting Off Starbucks for Good

By now, it should be obvious to you that Starbucks is no different than any other large corporation: its executives only care about its bottom line. All of the talk about ethical sourcing and healthy ingredients is just there to draw in consumers.

In fact, Starbucks’ real priority is its connections with huge food companies across the nation. Losing the support of these companies would mean a big financial hit for the coffee mogul, so you shouldn’t expect to see Starbucks support GMO labeling anytime soon.

Of course, the biggest thing you can do is boycott Starbucks. When you spend money there, you are donating money to organizations that bully grassroots GMO labeling movements. You can likely find a small local coffee shop that makes your favorite drink and doesn’t leave you with a sense of guilt.

You can also consider signing petitions and participating in movements to encourage Starbucks to change their stance on GMO labeling. With enough consumer pressure, they may yet be convinced.

Sources:

http://www.realfarmacy.com/still-starbucks-get-ready-never-want-again/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/11/25/starbucks-supports-pro-gmo-company.aspx

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  • PRTrollsMakeMeLaugh

    The real reason to be wary of Starbucks is that they are using high fat ice cream in their drinks.

    • Jacki Livingston

      *eyeroll* Starbucks does not now, nor ever did, use ice cream. They use a liquid base with ice in their fraps. Please don’t troll with faulty info.

  • Jonathan B

    This is an extremely distorted and dishonest article. Starbucks is not suing Vermont over GMO labeling. Offhand, I cannot think of a more socially responsible corporation in America. I thank Starbucks for their strong support of our Veterans. They also support ethical coffee farming, worker education programs, improving race relations, and a host community support programs.

    • DaughteroftheConfederacy

      Don’t like coffee or liberals, so not purchasing from Starbucks is doubly easy for me.

      • karen

        liberals ????thank them for the 40 hour work week,,,thank them for the child labor laws,,,thank them for paid vacation, thank them for fair wages , shall I go on with more of what those who believed in progress did for it citizens,,,and look up that word and see what it stands for.

        • DaughteroftheConfederacy

          No, not today’s liberals. Today’s liberals are communists. They are certainly not the “liberal” of the 1800s and early 1900s. Todays liberals and progressives are enemies of the state.

          • Jacki Livingston

            Karen, I think that the name pretty much describes what is in the tin. Daughter of the Confederacy pretty much says it all, in the most simplistic and frankly inbred fashion. Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed combatant. It is like trying to teach a pig to sing, it annoys the pig and frustrates you…what is the point? *eyeroll*

          • DaughteroftheConfederacy

            Haha, mentally ill people are so funny!

          • Jacki Livingston

            Funny, I didn’t find you that funny. But then, my education doesn’t allow me to get down to that level. But you keep on working on it, and someday, you will be able to play with the big kids.

        • booksbenji

          Karen, these thanks yous you are passing out to starsbucks have nothing with Starbucks, these are federals regs that have been on the books for almost a century. Go back to and learn something besides stupidity!!! Then grow up,!!!

  • karen

    I have to admit, I have never been to any Starbucks. In our city , I buy my dairy from New Era Country Dairy. They do not feed their cows any chemical based feed. They live north of me but I gladly buy their products.

  • Jacki Livingston

    This is a ridiculously stupid and simplistic article. You want to bash them for using the very same milk most of us buy. You want to hold them to a standard that you do not hold anyone else to. Obviously, you have some kind of idiotic issue with the company. What’s the problem, FaFa? Did a barista crush your cookie? Seriously, you completely left out all of the wonderful things about the company. It makes a true effort to hire veterans. They provide college money for their employees. They pay higher than minimum wage. They donate to hundreds of charities. They send coffee and tea to the troops overseas, fighting for the freedom that allows you to write a clearly biased and one sided article that doesn’t even meet the basic and minimum standard for junior high journalism. There is no balance, there is no citing of any note and it is without any chance for the company to give any feedback. In short, sweetie, epic FAIL. What a crock.