Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dear Starbucks...

I want #OrganicMilkNext!

I know I'm certainly not the first to confess my love for Starbucks.  For years, I've exercised my purchasing power to drink a Grande Americano over anything served in styrofoam from the coffee shop that claims America runs on their beverages.  Overall as an organisation, I will give credit to Starbucks for being an environmentally conscious and community minded business.  For example, I can go to my local Starbucks and pick up coffee grounds to use as compost in my garden.  However, there is ALWAYS room for improvement.  At the end of the day, Starbucks is a mass-production coffee house, there's no getting around that.

In order to ensure that the large production scale Starbucks is providing us with is as green as possible, there must be more attention paid to the ingredients going into their ingredients.  What I'm getting at; it's time to start using organic dairy milk in the process of making our coffee, please!

While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of GMOs. Cows living in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are fed a grain diet comprised almost entirely of genetically modified corn, soy, alfalfa and cotton seed. These crops degrade the quality of our land and water, perpetuate corporate-controlled agriculture, and have potentially negative health impacts on livestock. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming is contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, putting us all at risk.  (source: EcoWatch)

While Starbucks has already made progress by providing us with organic soy milk and rBGH-free dairy (read: no more growth hormones), they must set the same standard for dairy milk by providing us with organic, environmentally and socially conscious products.

You can view and sign the petition to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, here:
Tell Starbucks to Serve Only Organic Milk From Cows Not Fed GMOs

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