USA: Organic consumers to leaflet & protest at Starbucks cafes in 300 cities Sept. 17-23
In 300 cities, local activists will leaflet and protest Starbucks policies, demanding that the company remove recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) and other genetically engineered ingredients from its brand-name beverages, baked goods, chocolates, and ice cream; start brewing and seriously promoting Fair Trade, shade-grown, and organic coffees as its "coffee of the day;" and improve the wages and working conditions of farm workers on the coffee plantations of its suppliers in Guatemala, Mexico, and other nations.
"For six months now, Starbucks has been stonewalling. PR statements and halfway measures are not enough. Starbucks must either give in to the demands of consumers around the world for a non-genetically engineered product line, Fair Trade coffee, and social justice, or else they run the risk of further damage to their reputation and bottom line," stated Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the Organic Consumers Association.
Full details of the Starbucks campaign can be found at http://www.organicconsumers.org
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