Coffee chain issues denial after rocker Neil Young urges boycott
Starbucks has announced that it has nothing to do with litigation being brought against the state of Vermont over the labeling of genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).
Canadian rock legend Neil Young attempted to launch a boycott of Starbucks on Sunday, accusing it of joining forces with Monsanto “to sue Vermont, and stop accurate food labeling.”
Last spring, Vermont passed a law requiring all products containing GMOs to be properly labeled by July 1, 2016, reports People.
Young’s belief that Starbucks was part of a suit to have the law declared unconstitutional prompted him to declare on his website: “I used to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one.” He then appealed to the public to join him in a Starbucks boycott.
However, it looks like it could all be a storm in a coffee cup. The coffee giant released a statement denying that it is involved in the litigation.
“Starbucks is not a part of any lawsuit pertaining to GMO labeling nor have we provided funding for any campaign,” the statement says. “Starbucks is not aligned with Monsanto to stop food labeling or block Vermont State law.”
Young has yet to respond.