Can Starbucks save the planet by cutting dairy? Activists and investors respond

Source: MarketWatch 

Animal protein has been the highest contributor to carbon and water usage in the food category across the beverage and sandwich seller’s operations and supply chain, which has been mindful of responsible coffee bean-growing methods. As part of its stepped-up sustainability pledge, the company has recently included more almond, coconut and oat dairy-alternatives to cow and soy milk at its stores.

Now, Starbucks is considering adding plant-based meats to its menu as well, according to news issued Tuesday that sent shares of realistic meat-alternative Beyond Meat already up nearly 45% over the past year, higher yet again. Starbucks shares, meanwhile, are up 43% over the past year.