Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world, is being pressured to stop serving milk sourced from cows fed genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including corn, soy, alfalfa, and cottonseed.
Green America's GMO Inside campaign is asking Starbucks to serve its customers only organic milk from cows not fed GMOs.
Today, most non-organic milk come from cows that are fed corn and soy (which come from genetically modified seeds). The proliferation of GMOs and the overuse of antibiotics in industrialized farming has contributed to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is putting us all at risk for various health problems.
“Starbucks already serves soy milk that is organic and non-GMO," GMO Inside said in a statement March 4. "Consumers also deserve dairy milk held to the same standard and level of quality."
In January 2014, GMO Inside successfully pressured General Mills to stop using genetically modified ingredients in its basic Cheerios cereals.
The increasing use of GMO foods has made global headlines, with activists expressing outrage that food manufacturers are trying to conceal their reliance on GMOs in the products they shill.
On the Feb. 13 episode of the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed that GMOs are linked to cancer, accelerated aging, birth defects, disruptions in the endocrine system, infertility, and resistance to antibiotics.
"The food industry is spending millions to keep those labels out of the supermarkets," said Dr. Oz. "You have a right to know what is in your food."
Similarly, GMO Inside wants Starbucks customers to enjoy their coffee without harmful genetically modified ingredients.
“The days when a global company like Starbucks can hide GMOs from the customer are over," said GMO Inside co-chair John Roulac. "The age of transparency is here, and I expect Starbucks will shortly realize it’s in its best interest to eliminate GMOs from its supply chain."
Starbucks operates 20,000 stores in 62 countries.