Care for a Cup of Hormone-Free Cream at Caribou Coffee?

January 30, 2008

Posted by Chris O’Brien

For many people the morning cup means a few teaspoons of sugar, a few ounces of milk or cream, and some weak-ass coffee poured in as an afterthought. So it’s important to consider the sustainability of the sugar and cream as well as the coffee.

Last fall, after a long consumer pressure campaign, Starbucks agreed to stop serving milk produced from cows treated with Monsanto’s recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a hormone given to cows to stimulate milk production but also causes pain and health problems in the cows.

Now Caribou Coffee, the second largest company-owned gourmet coffeehouse operator in America, has announced that beginning next week it too will begin rolling out rBST-free milk in shops in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Combined with the Washington D.C. and Colorado shops that had already made the transition, Caribou will be offering rBST-free milk in 60% of its stores – which is great, but now how that other 40 percent?

Read the original article on the Organic Consumers Association website here.


Cream with Your Coffee? From a Cow or a Clone?

November 16, 2007

Posted by Chris O’Brien

Do you take cream with your coffee? Would you like that from a cow or a clone?Cloned cows

According to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), the FDA has approved milk from cloned animals as “safe” and will not require milk products to carry labels indicating to consumers whether or not it is from clones.

The 2007 Farm Bill draft is headed to the Senate Floor and includes billions of dollars of subsidies for corporate agribusiness, while leaving family farmers struggling. But the proposed Mikulski amendment would require the FDA to place a temporary moratorium on cloned milk and consider safety, animal health and public health. Tell your Senators to support the Mikulski amendment to the Farm Bill.

To send a message to your senators, just click here.

Starbucks Goes rBST Free

November 6, 2007

frankenbucksAccording to a Sept. 4th Reuters story, Starbucks pledged to rid their 5,600 stores of milk containing Monsanto’s recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), i.e. the bovine growth hormones used to stimulate hyper-production of milk in dairy cows.

The drug has been a target of consumer advocates like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) for years. OCA has also called on Starbucks to make more of their coffee and chocolate Fair Trade certified.