EW YORK (AFP): Rock icon Neil Young has pledged to stop drinking at Starbucks over an industry challenge to laws on genetically modified crops, but the coffee giant says the charges are false. The Canadian songwriter and environmental activist urged his fans to put pressure on Starbucks over a lawsuit filed by an industry group against the US state of Vermont, the first state to pass a law requiring labels on genetically modified products.

Young accuses Starbucks of backing the industry group challenging the GMO law.  Young was referring to a lawsuit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that fought a similar ballot initiative in California.