Neil Young Blasts Starbucks For Supporting Monsanto And GMOs In Rock Anthem

Musician Neil Young speaks during a session at the International CES Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Las Vegas. Pedram Abrari, Pono Music's vice president, credits Young’s involvement with the company's online Kickstarter campaign in raising more than $6 million when it originally sought just $800,000. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO. I’d like to start my day off, without helping Monsanto.” Part of a song on Neil Young’s Young’s new upcoming album “The Monsanto Years,” Young has publicly declared his boycott of Starbucks.

Young and the band The Promise of The Real debuted an acoustic versionof the song, “A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop,” in Maui, Hawaii at “OUTGROW Monsanto,” an event put on to call attention to Monsanto’s destructive practices in Hawaii.

Hawaii is considered the global epicenter for GMO seed testing, according to Paul Towers of Pesticide Action Network. Corporations based around the globe test and grow GMO seeds in Hawaii, which can be grown year-round in the islands’ tropical climate, before shipping them to places like Iowa to sell to U.S. farmers and across the globe, according to Towers. Earlier this month, a jury awarded 15 residents $500,000 in damages for pesticide contamination from the biotech company DuPont-Pioneer.

Young’s new song is part of his upcoming album “The Monsanto Years,” due out June 29. Young has been a food advocate for years. He’s the co-founder of Farm Aid, and when it came to light that Starbucks was supporting Monsanto in fighting Vermont’s GMO labeling law last fall, Young publicly declared he would be boycotting Starbucks.