Neil Young corporate targets hit back

Companies targeted by Neil Young on his latest album The Monsanto Years have hit back at the veteran musician.

Young has long spoken out against Monsanto and Starbucks – naming his latest album after the agricultural firm who specialise in genetically modified seeds.

Now the two companies have responded to the lyrics on the album Young recorded with Promise Of The Real – the band featuring Willie Nelson’s son Lukas and Micah.

Monsanto tell Billboard: “Many of us at Monsanto have been, and are, fans of Neil Young. Unfortunately for some of us his current album may fail to reflect our strong beliefs in what we do every day to help make agriculture more sustainable.

“We recognise there is a lot of misinformation about who we are and what we do – and unfortunately several of those myths seem to be captured in these lyrics.”

The coffee giant add: “Starbucks has not taken a position on the issue of genetically modified organism labeling. As a company with stores and a product presence in every state, we prefer a national solution.”

Young released a promo for the album track A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop last month.

The Monsanto Years is released on June 29 and comes bundled with a DVD featuring extra tracks. It’s available to pre-order via iTunes and Amazon.


  1. A New Day For Love 2. Wolf Moon 3. People Want To Hear About Love 4. Big Box 5. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop 6. Workin’ Man 7. Rules Of Change 8. Monsanto Years 9. If I Don’t Know


  1. Big Box 2. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop 3. Rules Of Change 4. Workin’ Man 5. Monsanto Years 6. A New Day For Love 7. Wolf Moon 8. People Want To Hear About Love 9. If I Don’t Know

Neil Young: The Monsanto Years

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