Why I Won’t Go to Starbucks

GMOMy youngest daughter desperately wants to go to Starbucks. The closest one to us in Collingwood, which is about 1 hour away. I refuse to take her.

Why? What is the big deal?

I hear you, ‘Don’t be such a stick in the mud. Let the kid enjoy herself.’

Well, I disagree and I will tell you why.

Starbucks is owned by PepsiCo.  PepsiCo has spent $4.8M to keep you uninformed about GMO foods.  $4.8M!  That is a lot of money. They, and many other big companies, have Monsanto’s back and want to make sure that you do not know what is in your food.  They also want to make sure that there will be no labelling of GMO foods as well as legalizing labelling GMO foods as ‘natural’.

We are not allowed to know what we put in to our body.

Yikes!  I will not support that.  No way, no how.

There are other big companies who are putting money into this as well, over 300 of them.  Scary stuff, wouldn’t you agree?

Some of the big ones are:

(In italics are the smaller food companies that they own.)

PepsiCo ($4.8M)IZZE, Naked Juice, Simply Frito-Lay, Starbucks Frappucino
Coca-Cola ($3.2M)Honest Tea, Odwalla, Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee (10%)
Nestle ($3M)Gerber Organic, Sweet Leaf tea
Kraft/Mondelez ($2.4M)Boca Burgers, Green and Black’s
General Mills ($2.1M)Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Larabar, Muir Glen
ConAgra Foods ($2M)Alexia, Pam organic cooking sprays
Kelloggs ($1.1M)Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Kashi, Morningstar Farms
Campbells ($980k)Plum Organics, Wolfgang Puck organic soups
Smuckers ($900k)R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz organic, Smuckers Organic
Hershey’s ($880k)Dagoba
Bimbo Bakeries ($560k)Earthgrains bread
McCormick ($400k)Simply Asia, Thai Kitchen

To view a short list of companies who are members of the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association-Monsanto’s Evil Twin) go here and look on the right side, near the top of the page.  There is a small link.  You will be surprised which companies you see there.

Do you get what that means?

It means that people who think that they are doing the right thing by buying organic and natural products are sometimes being duped, tricked.  That really angers me.  Here I am, doing what I think is the best for my family and some rich, nasty company is buying up little organic companies, vying for my business and putting that money towards the GMO business.

Oh no. No, no, no.  I am not going for that.  I am educating myself.  I am making as much from scratch as possible.  I am not falling into their trap.

I have signed a petition to show my support to companies who are creating foods that are real and are good for me and my family.  You can too.  Go here.

The Organic Consumers Association says the following:

Our motto for Monsanto and GMA products must become: Don’t buy them. Don’t sell them. Don’t grow them. And don’t let your financial institution, university, church, labor union or pension fund invest in them.
Do your part and sign the petition.
Do your part and refuse to buy products from these companies.
You can truly make a difference.

Learn more about the Boycott List here.

The Boycott List InfographicThere is excellent information on the site about how to avoid GMO products.

My suggestion is to eat from the Earth as much as possible and avoid prepared foods.

You have the power to feed your body what is best for it.  Make a choice.  Choose for you.

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