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Posted by Brendon Smith, Willy Street Co-op Director of Communications

UPDATED 7/22/14

We have received a statement from Eden Foods and are sharing it below. We are posting this only for your information; you should not consider this posting an endorsement of the contents of the statement. See the original letter here.

Eden Foods Statement

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Eden Foods is a 46 year, independent, principled food company. We took our
stand against GMOs 21 years ago. We build relations and business with organic
growers and traditional food makers, nurturing more than 370 family farms with
over 86,000 acres of healthy organic farmland. Eden Foods buys from and pays
farmers directly.

Last year we observed that aspects of the Affordable Care Act were illegal and
violated religious freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, so we filed a formal
objection. Our case is against government overreach and about religious freedom.
Eden Foods frowns on myopic pharmaceutical medicine and toxic chemical
dependent agriculture.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, prescription drugs were an opt-in opt-out
feature of health insurance plans Eden Foods offered its employees. Lifestyle drugs,
as named and managed by the insurance industry, were excluded, such as viagra.
Today, 34% of Eden Foods employees select prescription coverage for their plan,
while 66% do not choose prescription drug coverage.

Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act all employees have all coverages
required by the act, even those who do not want it.

Eden employee benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurances, and a 50%
401k match. "e benefit plan is managed by Eden Foods with a goal of long-term
sustainability.

We are grateful for our silent supporters sending us messages directly, avoiding
abuse that may befall them on social media. "e coordinated attack on Eden Foods
using fallacious arguments and our brand to further others’ unrelated agendas,
is best ignored.

We encourage everyone to be discerning, retailers in the food they offer and
consumers in the selections they make acquiring nourishing food. We work to make
family grown, authentically organic food available and seek to work with others
involved in like pursuits.

We would love to see people become so motivated in their support of organic
agriculture and toward the improvement of our nation's food system.


ORIGINAL POST BELOW:

A higher-than-average number of Owners have raised objections to the Co-op continuing to carry Eden Foods. The Owners who have already commented feel that the company’s legal action to avoid providing certain types of health care coverage for certain people may run contrary to our Food and Product Selection Philosophy.

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On March 20, 2013, Eden Foods filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for the right to opt out of contraceptive coverage for its employees (Eden Foods, Inc v. Sylvia Burwell). Eden Foods objects to a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring companies that offer employee health care to cover an array of contraceptive choices. Eden Foods is among roughly 70 companies objecting to contraceptive coverage on account of religious freedoms. The case has been reopened in court.

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby was a Supreme Court case decided on June 30, 2014. The plaintiffs were Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who refused to pay on religious grounds for emergency contraceptive pills and intrauterine devices as part of their employee health care. Eden Foods was not a plaintiff in this case, however, in their Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the lower courts to reconsider their earlier decisions against Eden Foods.

Read Eden Foods’ statements pertaining to their HHS lawsuit and the impact of the Hobby Lobby lawsuit.

The Co-op appreciates Eden Foods’ frontline commitments to organic, natural, and sustainable foods and practices. Eden Foods has been an industry leader in maintaining organic standards and bringing BPA-free packaging to the U.S. market. The Co-op carries a lot of Eden Foods products (almost 100). Removing their product outright would significantly change our store inventory. Potential replacement products may cost more, and may not have as pure packaging. Some products may simply be no longer available to the Co-op.

However, our Co-op also strives to support a healthy, just, and tolerant food system in which workers are valued and compensated fairly across the board. Out of respect for the diverse values of our Owners and a commitment to transparency, we now bring the question of whether or not the Co-op should continue to carry Eden Foods products to the Ownership itself.

To address Owner concerns, the Co-op has initiated a 30 day Owner comment period on Eden Foods. At the end of the comment period, we will use this input to determine the status of their product. We are currently in the process of updating our Boycott Policy so that we will have a more structured process for Owners to initiate the comment period in the future.

Please share any comments or questions below. We want to hear from Owners with any opinion on the matter (drop the product, keep the product, only drop what you can replace with other brands, etc.). Owners must be logged in to comment. Please visit here to create an online account. Owners may also comment anonymously via our contact us page. We will add anonymous Owners’ comments to the discussion. The comment period will close on August 2, 2014. Thank you for participating in your Co-op.

For a list of all 99 of the Eden Foods products we currently carry or have recently carried, click here.

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I oppose the actions of Eden Foods, and am an ardent supporter of women's reproductive rights.  But I do not support removing its products from the Co-op.  I believe each consumer should make their own decision about whether or not to buy Eden Foods products. I support the Co-op posting educational info on the shelves along with its products.  I have e-mailed Eden Foods and expressed my disagreement with them, and told them that if I buy one of their products I will make a contribution to Planned Parenthood. 

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In reading the Eden statement I was struck by the following: " Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act all employees have all coveragesrequired by the act, even those who do not want it."  We should all be more outraged at how many of us are paying for coverages we don't want.  I personally prefer natural and alternative medicine and yet pay considerably into the system of traditional medical care in the USA. 

Ironically for many years before Willy St acquired USA grown adzuki beans I purchased USA grown adzuki beans through Eden's online store, there by boycotting Willy St's China grown adzuki beans!  Willy St may not like everything Eden does, but I don't like everything Willy St does etiher!

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/16/2014:

"Boycott all of Eden Foods."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/14/2014:

"I support the boycott of Eden Organics. Thank you!"

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/14/2014:

"Please... do NOT carry Eden Products.. I support women's health! thanks."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/12/2014:

"Dump all products from Eden company. As a household with 4 female members,w e find no value in the Willy St. Co-op continuing to sell Eden products and financial support that company and family. Thanks." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/12/2014:

"Regarding some concerns about Eden foods etc and tensions their owners have with interpretations about individual freedom: As a co-op that works to empower individuals and the group, would it be possible to examine which products we sell from Eden and acutal vs. percieved demand. Also, info cards with links to online resources may be helpful in aiding customers (and owners) choose whether or not they wish to "support" Eden foods w/ an item one considers for purchase The calculus of effective personal action is no simple convenient task. What does Eden do right? or have done well vs the current company decisions? It's employees? Rather than engaging in hasty group decisions I'd prefer more info and discussion. Have we as a link in Eden's supply chain attempted to contact regarding divergent beliefs? I apologies for perhaps not citing existing debate or discussion byt I hope we can just dissolve the issue with information, informed debate and perhaps enabling owner's to make their own decision as a shopper instead of a group member."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"I would like to see the Coop discontinue selling Eden products. I don't think that birth control is a 'lifestyle' choice. Viagra may be a lifestyle choice but birth control is a matter of a woman's overall health choices. Religion is a personal matter not a public corporate matter. I don't need a response - I am casting my vote regarding this issue."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/28/2014:

"In the 'Cap Times' article Eden Food was compared to Hobby Lobby - I feel that this is comparing apples to oranges - when one looks at business practices. Hobby Lobby seems to be anti aborition - but at the same buys their stuff from China - a country that had enforced abortions - Is it okay to be hypocritical if money is involved? What kind of supplies does Eden deal with?"

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/13/2014:

"I do not support a Coop boycott of Eden products while the company decisions/choices regarding employee health care is very sad, they are one of the better companys with respect to organic standards. Please allow customers to decide individually whether to boycott or not rather than imposing a boycott on customers which would remove an earth-friendly (if less than person friendly) choice. Thanks." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/17/2014:

"I fervantly want the coop to find an alternative to obtaining anything from Eden Foods."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/25/2014:

"I am in favor of keeping Eden Products. I chip for almost all purchases and I do so knowing there are a variety of differences amoung us. I would like to think we can support differences. It would be nice not to have polarization over groceries - people should be allowed to be believe what they choose. I feel they bring a great product to the coop."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/25/2014:

"Re the Eden contorversy: Of course Eden should offer the total health care package BUT boycotting their wonderful products is tantamount to tilting at windmills. Boycotts rarely work and are a marked based solution, which is not the best option. I have always thought the co-op needs to carry more, not fewer, Eden products. Not sure which products the co-op would substitute for Eden's products as Eden products are usually the best! Therefore, count me as a 'No' to boycorring Eden's as this boycott is not going to work + will only furhter decay the health-promoting options offered by Willy's. If I ruled the universe, all the chips and sugar-containing cans of pop would be replaced by more Eden products." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/14/2014:

"Please stop carrying Eden pasta products if they continue to refuse providing insurance that covers birth control."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/15/2014:

"Re: Eden Foods. Please boycott all Eden Foods products. Thanks."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/16/2014:

"I will personally be boycotting all Eden products. If the Coop could post a list of all affected products if they decide to continue to stock them, that would be helpful."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"The Co-op should NOT boycott Eden Foods. Individuals can. What we need is SINGLE PAYER healthcare and this issue would go away. Thank you for bringing this issue to members' attention."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/22/2014:

"Please do not carry Eden products. Thanks!"

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I envy the certainty of many of the posters here. I've had a hard time with this decision, because to me it's a matter of balancing a number of different considerations. In the end, I am not in favor of the Coop boycotting Eden Foods. 

For one thing, it is too early for such a drastic action. We would be punishing the company and its owner for the owner's beliefs and expression, not for any action. What if Eden Foods was to lose its suit, and coops across the nation had boycotted it? There is no sign at all that the company would violate the law, yet the business may have suffered irrecoverably. 

I don't see any ethical or exploitative misbehavior on the company's part (and I know many Coop members will disagree with that opinion). Against the totality of the company's ways of producing its products and treating its employees, I see its stance on the ACA's contraceptives policy as a matter of conscience. It is a stance I unequivocably disagree with, but I can not characterize it as discrimination on the company's part. 

If the company does win its case, then I believe its reinstating its health insurance policy that existed before the ACA will have a discriminatory effect against women. So, how does that jibe with what I just said one sentence earlier? The discriminatory effect would be a result of bad policy and politics at the federal level--specifically, the presidential appointments that have resulted in our current, intensely activist, pro-corporate Supreme Court, just as a previous poster pointed out. I cannot fault a company for legally exercising its rights when its general corporate profile is not one of exploiting workers and consumers. I don't think this company is a proper target for a Coop boycott. 

I also am a little concerned about the possible impact on the Coop of giving up this line of products, which includes what could be considered staples for some people. Once shoppers go elsewhere for basic goods, the impact on the Coop could extend beyond Eden Foods products. If the argument against Eden Foods was an open-and-shut case in my mind, the economic impact on the Coop would not enter into my thinking. But as I said, for me this is far from the case. 

For these reasons, I favor leaving consumer action regarding Eden Foods up to the individual rather than the Coop. I actually agree with much of what has been expressed by individuals favoring a boycott, but I've limited my comments to the points that ultimately tilted my thinking toward no boycott. 

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Well said!

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I urge the Co-op to get rid of Eden Foods. I understand that their products are of decent quality and environmentally sound, but it sounds as though there are alternatives for many of them. I've been carrying on a personal boycott since last year in light of their position in this matter, and I am glad that more people are taking action and that the company is taking heat. Potter's position on contraceptives is incoherent, and it's only his lawyer who can articulate a religious objection. More than that, the idea that an employer's religious objection should dictate what an employee does with her compensation is truly disturbing, and it's appalling that anyone would defend that. The Eden Foods statement is insulting and provides all the more reason to no longer carry their products. Individual boycotts don't do much - it would send a much more effective message if the Co-op took a stand. As for this taking away consumer choice, well, the Co-op already makes a lot of such choices for consumers. I'm dismayed by the number of comments here that suggest that women's health and autonomy should be secondary, and that we should wait to address women's issues until everything else in the world is fixed. We've been hearing that line forever, and I know I'm sick of waiting.

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(Comment by Joe)

I'm fond of saying that a free consumer is the best regulator, and I believe boycotts are a great tool.  However, endorsing a boycott at the store level is taking away the customer's choice, denying both their power and their personal opinion, however nuanced.  Attempting to govern our suppliers this way, especially on non-food issues, could empty our shelves and alienate customers.  Customers who dislike the actions of any company can and should stop supporting them, individually.  We shouldn't be making those decisions for them.

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Well said. 

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BOYCOTT EDEN!!   It shouldn't matter whether its a company that sells hobbies, organic food or rainbow unicorns, this company believes its right to discriminate and step in as a middleman between you and your health care and make decisions. The fact that the company compares birth control to viagra shows how unsciefntific and barbaric their biblical views are. I don't understand comments about how it isn't right to get involved in this; how laughable, this is exactly why you join a co-op,  so you can have this kind of power. If i was a  member of a co-op that bought from hobby lobby I'd be doing the same thing, I wish I had this power in every store I shop at.

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"Our case is against government overreach and about religious freedom." Eden is overreaching into my private life and infringing on my religious freedom if they are not willing to let me choose what "myopic pharmaceutical medicine"* I want to use.

No one is forcing anyone to use something just because it is available. Everyone should have the same coverages available. What an individual uses is their choice -- get that: CHOICE / FREEDOM. You know, like in religious freedom. If certain forms of birth control are against your religion or beliefs then don't use them. But if they're not against your beliefs but not available (as decided by an employer), then that employer has overreached by denying your freedom.

Eden does not have the right to decide to deny the rights of someone else. Companies are now required by law to follow the ACA.

I recently used up my jar of Eden Brown Mustard. I just bought a different brand.

**What does "myopic pharmaceutical medicine" mean? Myopic means shortsighted or narrow-minded. That sounds ironic to me! :o)

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Honestly? My food choices have to be political? Come on. Knock it off. If you don't want to support the company, don't buy their products, but don't try to take that choice away from everybody else. 

How embarrassing that the Co-op is wasting resources on this.

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Women's health should not be considered "political."

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And yes, food choices ARE political, whether you think so or not. Joining a co-op is also political.

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No, my family joining the co-op wasn't a political act. Our meals aren't political acts. Really. Even if you sincerely believe they are. You don't get to decide what other people's beliefs and motivations are or ought to be. 

And how ironic that you want to take away our choice to do whatever we want with our bodies! 

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I would be curious to know if our Co-op has been in touch with other co-ops across the country as to their response to this situation.  It seems to me that if all co-ops as a group removed Eden products, that would indeed have an economic impact.  In that case, I would be willing to say, let's boycott.

On the other hand, Eden's commitment to non-GMO, organic processed foods is exemplary.  Although they signed on to the Hobby Lobby lawsuit, in the end the problem is, in fact, with the Supreme Court, which has become just another partisan hack.  If the Court had ruled according to the true position of the Constitution (as opposed to, narrowly, the Freedom of Religion Act -- I may have the precise name of the law wrong), then Eden Foods would be fuming over having to do what is required under the Affordable Care Act, but it would still have to do it, and we consumers would (a) probably not even know about it, or (b) just go ahead and buy Eden's products for all their positive attributes.

We don't fix the bigger problem (the Supreme Court) by punishing the misguided views of a corporate entity that is a huge benefit to the organic food movement, but has owners who are in sympathy with the radical right.  [I wish to note that my opinion does not apply to Hobby Lobby, which pushes cheap products (many probably toxic) all made in China.]  In the meantime, if we boycott Eden, then we also harm the farmers who supply them, plus other suppliers in ever-widening circles.  I think this would be bad for the organic movement.

I agree with other Owners who say the Co-op should continue to stock Eden foods, and let the individual consumer decide whether to purchase them or not.  It would be helpful, of course, if our Co-op could be on the lookout for other vendors of products similar to Eden's.

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Thanks for asking what other co-ops are doing. As previously noted in this discussion thread, other co-ops across the country have been in contact with each other, but we are all making our own decisions as to how to move forward. Since we are autonomous, and by law we need to stay that way, we cannot organize together to boycott. Also, as co-ops are spread out all over the country, govern each one differently, and exist for their own Owner needs, not all co-ops are receiving the same reactions from their Owners as we have, and not all of them use the same mechanisms to make product decisions. So, we all have been reacting to the situation differently. To recap and update more thoroughly (since I know it's probably buried deep in a lot of other people's comments at this point):

The National Cooperative Grocers' Association, a secondary co-op of which Willy Street is a member, had recommended that member co-ops encourage customes to "vote, on this and other issues, with their dollars by supporting those companies they like and believe in."

Marquette Food Co-op in Marquette, MI, Lexington Co-op in Buffalo, NY, Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tuscon, AZ, Hungry Hollow in Chestnut Ridge, NY, Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, VT, and Los Alamos Co-op in Los Alamos, NM are following the suggested path.

http://marquettefood.coop/mfc-statement-about-eden-foods/

http://lexington.coop/2014/07/12/1887/

http://www.foodconspiracy.coop/2014/07/09/eden-foods-affordable-care-act/

http://hungryhollow.coop/eden-foods-v-burwell/

http://hungermountain.coop/OurCommunity/News/tabid/148/entryid/347/Default

http://losalamos.coop/food-choices-vote-with-your-dollars/

Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh, PA, People's Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, MI, and Common Ground in Urbana, IL have written to Eden Foods publically to let them know what their Owner concerns are, and to inform them that any comment they receive about Eden will be forwarded on to Eden themselves.

http://www.outpost.coop/resources/issues/eden_foods.php

http://www.eastendfood.coop/archives/6817 

http://www.peoplesfoodco-op.org/news/?currentPage=2

http://www.commonground.coop/common-ground-responds-to-eden-foods/

Park Slope Co-op in Brooklyn, NY is reviewing a board resolution on July 29 to pull Eden Foods from their shelves. 

http://www.foodcoop.com/go.php?id=65

Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin, TX and New Pioneer in Iowa City, IA use ballot petition to address these issues, and someone from their ownership has started a petition. 

http://wheatsville.coop/news-and-events/news/eden-organics

http://www.newpi.coop/Portals/0/pub/EdenResponse.pdf

Central Co-op in Seattle, WA has dropped 80% of Eden Products and has released an open letter they sent to Eden Foods from when they made the decision.

http://www.centralcoop.coop/docs/central_co-op_releases_open_letter_to_e...

Weaver Street Market Co-op in NC has dropped Eden Products entirely from their shelves.

http://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie...

That is what we know for now and we will continue to follow what other co-ops are doing. 

-Kirsten Moore, Director of Cooperative Services

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Keep Eden products on the shelf for now. It's easy to be indignant in a post; let's see what our actually spending says over the next several months before we make a decision to remove this food line. Let's see where people really spend their money versus where they say they'll spend their money.

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The letter from Eden Foods states that 34% of their employees opt in for prescription drug coverage.  This amounts to saying that they don't discriminate against all their employees, just the females among that 34% who opt in for prescription drug coverage.  "Religious freedom" means you are free to believe that contraceptives are wrong.  It does not mean that you may force your beliefs down the throat of others.

Those who yell "freedom" the loudest often really mean they want the freedom to trample on other people's rights.  Eden Foods is not worthy of OUR shelf space.

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Eden Foods in its letter equates contraceptives with "lifestyle" drugs like Viagra, yet the very insurance policies they cite treat contraceptives as medically necessary, not "lifestyle" choices.  Perhaps Eden's new definition should also exclude statins and insulin for people who have unhealthy diets.  This is obvious misdirection intended to cloud the issue.

Their products are not worthy of this great Co-op.  Please boycott them and hope they change their policy.

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Eden Foods is using anti-scientific excuses to impose its owner's doctrinaire religious beliefs on their employees, resulting in clear discrimination against their female employees, and passing the buck to the tapayers who must foot the bill they object to.  There are other companies such as Westbrae and Muir Glen that offer the same or similar products who do not blatantly discriminate against their employees.  Furthermore, like Hobby Lobby, it is likely Eden Foods' 401K or their owner invests in drug companies that manufacture the very contraceptives it claims to object to.

Do not misuse the Co-op's policy of freedom of expression and ideas to allow an implicit endorsement by the Co-op of a clear policy of discrimination.  If customers must have Eden Foods products, they are always free to go to Whole Foods.  If the Co-op chooses to continue offering Eden products, please ensure that it also offers alternative choices from competitors for a fair test of their worthiness for shelf space.

For further illustration of the absurdity of Eden's claims, please refer to this cartoon: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/23/1315833/-Cartoon-Hobby-Lobby-joins-a-cult?showAll=yes

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/23/2014:

"I read many of the statements from other owners. I would like to vote for 'keep' the product. I work so hard as a mom to find foods that don't 'poison' my children. I would hope that Willy Street Co-op would let us vote with our wallets. I agree with the person who said that if you leave the product on the shelves, if enough owners don't buy Eden Food products, then you will pull them due to poor sales. That allows those of us who still want access to 'clean food' the ability to purchase them."

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I believe that it is everyone's right to decide if they want to purchase those products or not, so i would say not to boycott and give each indiviual member the purchase decision individually. If the Co-Op takes the right to purchase that product away aren't they doing the same thing as the company? 

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Please remove Eden Foods products from the stores. Michael Potter's objections are mainly financial, not moral.

(http://www.salon.com/2013/04/15/eden_foods_ceo_digs_himself_deeper_in_birth_control_outrage/

Even if his objections were mainly moral, a corporation is not a person, and should not be making moral judgements regarding the personal health care decisions of its employees.

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"Please don't carry Eden Organic foods. It's an insult to us all." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"I support some sort of punitive action against EdenSoy. A total boycott? IDK, but if there's no subsitutes for those products some means of sending the founder a message is critical Birth control pills are 'recreational'? Moronic!"

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/14/2014:

"I do not support a boycott of Eden Foods by Willy St. Coop for the following reasons: 1) It removes consumer choice. I would prefer consumer education on the issues with each consumer free to make their own choice. 2) Eden is consistently ranked very highly in their reliability and trustworthiness on their labelling food as organic. If they say it's organic, it is. 3) Their labor & benefits practices haven't change, only the publicity. Willy has carried teh brand in the past based on the quality of the company's products. Labor/benefits are an issue but haven't played a role in Willy's decisions. Let those who want to boycott the product do so - or write letters - or sign a petition - or contact their elected representative..."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/13/2014:

"Get Eden out of the coop. The Supreme Court (Hobby Lobby Ruling) is terrible. Even to men"

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"Please consider getting rid fo Edens products becuase of their views on female birth control."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/12/2014:

"Please stop stocking/selling EDEN ORGANICS unless they drop all pursuit of denying contraceptives & allow full choice of contraceptives to their employees." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"Re: Eden Products I would like to discontinue the products eventhough I value the BPA free cans because of their discriminatory policies. Than you. PS many women use IUD for non-contraceptive reasons and, I don't see many examples of religion curtailing men's access to healthcare or a complete life."

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"Please Boycott Eden foods! I am personally but it will be head better if the coop stops carrying them!"

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/18/2014:

"I am a member and have been for over 3 year. I am in favor of dropping Eden products. Too many decisions are made based on economics - that's why there's so many troubles with the environment. We need to stand on principles, since the courts lately seem to have a problem doing so for us real humans. Thank you." 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/11/2014:

"Eden Foods should be kept for the following reasons: 1. They allow all forms of birth control except those they consider abortive. 2. Comparisons to offering Viagra are illogical again they believe abortion is wrong. Viagra has nothing to do with abortion. 3. Willy Street is about food. If we start screening proceedures for beliefs & behaviors about non-food things where will it stop? Will we screen for their view on school vouchers on immigration for example? 4. Sane people disagree about abortion will Willy Street require producers to agree to this unwritten litmus tests of ideology & whose ideology will be deemed pure? 5. Is Willy willing to screen all producers to said ideology or only go after ones that end up in the press? 6. Eden Foods is a very progressive employer carring for their employees in many wonderful ways. The same beliefs that motivate time wto want to protect the unborn motivate them to care for their employees better than most in corporate America. Do we stand for a country where people are allowed to have different religious beliefs or not? Eden is motivated by sincere beliefs. It is intolerant to punish them for not agreeing with the beliefs of some % of Willy members. True liberalism promotes a principled plurarlism where people are allowed to respectively disagree and are not required to agree to one doctrinte in order to suffer discrimination. 8. Willy members cannot choose to not to purchase Eden products & let's see what happens. But Eden & Willy members should not be punished by a vocal group who desire to impose their pro-abortion views on others. 

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Per the statement made by Brendon Smith, we are adding comments that come in via our Contact Us page and Customer Comment slips anonymously. Here is a comment that came in on 07/10/2014:

"Boycott Eden Foods!"

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I am against Eden's stance on the issue of birth control. Yet having it an the shelves and people not buying it might send a stronger message. I don't know how you support Eden's good things without seemingly supporting issues I don't like.