Starbucks Phasing Out GMO Milk(A)
Since 2001, working with As You Sow and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Trillium Asset Management has asked Starbucks to stop sourcing milk from cows treated with the genetically engineered recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Over that time, advocacy groups like the Organic Consumers Association and Food and Water Watch have issued similar challenges to Starbucks. Now the company has announced it will use only rBGH-free milk in its stores in many Western States and New England, boosting its use of rBGH-free milk from 27 percent to 37 percent of its milk purchases right now. The company is working to ensure all of its milk purchases are rBGH free as it can secure supplies, but has not set a definitive time table for reaching that goal. For more details on this announcement, click here.