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Neil Young's New Music Video Mocks Starbucks, Monsanto, and GMOs

It's from his upcoming anti-GMO concept album.

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Folk legend and environmental activist Neil Young has released the first music video from his anti-GMO concept album, The Monsanto Years, with his band Young and Promise of the Real. The song, titled "Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop," pokes fun at Starbucks, agrochemical giant Monstanto, and genetically modified organisms.

In the video, Young, while singing lyrics like "I want a cup of coffee, but I don't want a GMO. I'd like to start my day off, without helping Monsanto," throws Starbucks cups at the camera alongside members of his backing band, which include Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. It's no surprise that the first single focuses on Starbucks. Young announced last last year that he was boycotting the coffee giant because of its association with Monsanto. Time writes that the agrochemical company "lobbied against proposed legislation in Vermont to label GMOs."

The album — which rails against the billion-dollar GMO business and its corporate supporters — is set to be released at the end of June. Young and his band will go on an (GMO-free) tour this summer, starting in July. Watch the music video below:

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