Celebrity chef Babette Davis has a message for the Starbucks CEO about her premium on plant-based milk

Babette Davis, a health-conscious 70-year-old chef and co-owner of Stuff I Eat restaurant in Inglewood, California, has teamed up with Switch4Good to get Starbucks to lower the premium on non-dairy milk a message to Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, deliver.

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In the video, Davis addresses the environmental impact of dairy, how easy it would be for Starbucks not to charge for plant-based milk, and how the surcharge defrauds those who are lactose intolerant, up to 80% of whom are Black and Latinx.

Starbucks itself has even admitted that dairy products are their biggest source of carbon emissions and that they require an enormous amount of water to produce. In addition, industrial dairy farms pollute water bodies, destroy ecosystems and profit from the sexual exploitation of dairy cows and the kidnapping of their babies.

Switch4Good has repeatedly called out Starbucks for their plant milk surcharge and even issued a fake Starbucks press release about how they would scrap the surcharge because it was a form of dietary racism. James Cromwell, a famous actor and animal rights activist, also recently made headlines when he decided to tape his hand to a Starbucks counter in New York City to protest the surcharge.

“Starbucks knows it’s what’s right for its customers and the planet,” said Switch4Good CEO Dotsie Bausch. “Since we targeted Starbucks, we’ve repeatedly raised the issues of food racism and the environmental impact of dairy, and it’s time they behaved like the progressive company they say they are.”

People shouldn’t have to pay more for a product that’s better for their health, the environment and animals. Starbucks has already lowered the surcharge in other countries, so they should be able to do the same in the United States. Please sign this petition to ask Starbucks to finally stop charging their dairy alternatives!

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