Target: Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
Goal: Stop supporting anti-GMO-labeling lawsuits in the state of Vermont
Not too long ago Vermont became the first state to require all genetically modified food (GMOs) be labeled as such. This success was the result of a long, expensive battle against Monsanto and other corporate, anti-labeling groups. In response to Vermont’s labeling success, Starbucks has introduced an anti-labeling lawsuit against the state. While Monsanto adamantly does not care about its reputation with consumers, Starbucks does care and needs to know that consumers are not in support of its decision to sue Vermont.
Starbucks is partnered with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which has launched a lawsuit against Vermont’s new labeling requirement. Starbucks believes that the labeling law is in violation of corporations’ right to free speech. Labeling GMOs is extremely important for the future of America because it allows consumers to make educated decisions about the food that their families eat. This labeling lawsuit not only threatens the consumers’ right to know, it threatens the legitimacy of laws passed democratically. Vermont’s labeling law is monumental and legitimate; corporations should not be allowed to challenge citizens and their legal decisions in this way.
By partnering with the GMA, Starbucks is telling consumers that they do not have a right to know what is in their coffee. Sign this petition to urge Starbucks to end its partnership with the GMA and instead support labeling laws.
Dear Mr. Schultz,
Vermont is officially the first state in the United States to pass a GMO labeling law. Under this law, products sold in grocery stores must clearly state whether or not they contain GMOs. This law is a huge victory in the consumers’-right-to-know battle. This decision was reached legitimately, in a democratic election. As a corporation, challenging this law is wrong and deeply suspicious.
Mr. Schultz, Starbucks is partners with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The GMA has introduced a lawsuit against Vermont in attempts to stifle the labeling law and keep consumers in the dark about what they put in their bodies. I am deeply disappointed in Starbucks’ decision to partner with the GMA and sue the state of Vermont.
As a consumer, I will refrain from supporting Starbucks and will tell those I know to do the same, until you stop attacking Vermont’s legal right to know what is in food. Your decision to pursue this lawsuit with the GMA is highly suspicious. Consumers have a right to know what is in their coffee. Not to mention, as a corporate giant, you have an obligation to consumer and environmental health. Please make the right decision; stop attacking the consumers of Vermont.
[Your Name Here]
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