Sunday, October 29, 2006
There's a Starbucks open near you, and you will support it if you don't mind the fact that this company is trying to prevent Ethiopia from Trademarking its coffee.
Such a move would give Ethiopia greater control of its produce. About time too, considering that Ethiopia is where coffee originated from. It grows wild there. Ethiopia's ownership to the intellectual property rights over all coffee should actually be considered inherent. But as with all Third World countries, she has been coerced to play by the WTO rules. This is why Ethiopia is seeking to register with the American Patent Office.
I for one will not be buying Starbucks products. And I think that it is the duty of all who claim to care for the Third World to boycott Starbucks until they can see sense. I call this voting with my money- which is the only language these coprorations understand.
Posted by Masimba Musodza at 10:18 pm