Convert to certified organic milk is the Organic Consumers Association’s (OCA) continuing message to coffee-king Starbucks.
“Starbucks is perpetuating the unsustainable model of industrial and GMO agriculture,” said Ronnie Cummins, OCA's national director, adding that approximately 75 percent of all GMO crops are used to feed livestock, including dairy cows. “By switching to organic milk, Starbucks could set the industry standard while at the same time contributing to the growth of a more sustainable, and more humane, dairy industry model.”
As the world's largest coffee chain, with annual sales at $14.9 billion coming in from 20,100 stores around the globe, Starbucks consumes 93 million gallons of non-organic milk where animal abuse and unhealthy practices run rampant, according to the OCA, an online non-profit focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.
For more than a decade, the OCA has targeted Starbucks, pressuring policy change for fair trade and organic use. For more information, visit www.organicconsumers.org.