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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.

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The co-op should absolutely not boycott Eden Foods. Let the individual consumer decide for them selves by voting with their wallet.

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The co-op should absolutely not boycott Eden Foods. Let the individual consumer decide for them selves by voting with their wallet.

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I do not support a boycott of Eden Foods although I am furious over their contrarian position on the availability of 100% safe FDA regulated medications to their employees. Instead, I propose we vote with our food dollars and avoid purchasing Eden products. If this happens, you will certainly see Coop staff respond to the increasingly low demand for Eden products and appropriate lower volumes of shelf space for them and reappropriate this shelf space for competitor's products.

If we, as owners, decide to force our Coop to boycott the purchase of Eden products, we will be burdening that staff with locating alternatives that some might find inferior, and ultimately drive some owners to start looking at other markets to shop for the products they want to purchase.

I would rather imagine an Eden admin employee look at decreasing sales month over month, than to see a single spike in declinging sales volume. Think people! A single expected drop in sales sends a very short message. A long, continued slow bleed of profits shows a very stubborn and persistent message altogether, which is more likely to get Eden execs to 'wake up' and reverse their course on social policies that are unpopular and ill conceived.

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While I personally will be boycotting Eden Foods, I do not believe the co-op should. Our agreed upon values are around the food system. Basing a boycott on issues beyond this will alienate some members, and taking on more issues will make us less effective advocates for a better food system.

Many thanks to the co-op board and staff for a thoughtful process in this decision.

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Eden Foods should not be dictating a woman's health choices. I support a boycott.

Breanna Dahl
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I support a boycott of Eden Foods. I believe that women's healthcare is incredibly important and should include full access to contraceptive care.

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I support a boycott of Eden Foods. I believe that women's healthcare is incredibly important and should include full access to contraceptive care.

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I would really appreciate it if the Coop stopped carrying Eden Foods products. I think their disregard for the health and wellbeing of their employees is disgusting, and while apparently SCOTUS believes that's okay, I don't think it's appropriate for us to tolerate that by continuing to support their actions.

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I would really appreciate it if the Coop stopped carrying Eden Foods products. I think their disregard for the health and wellbeing of their employees is disgusting, and while apparently SCOTUS believes that's okay, I don't think it's appropriate for us to tolerate that by continuing to support their actions.

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I support a boycott. While Eden is a good supplier of healthy food, a more important concern is the harm they're bringing to women's health issues.

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We as owners get to choose which principles we prioritize over others, and one way we demonstrate this priority is by being consumers. Some of other posts in this dicsussion show how varied this prioritization can be, and since we want to be respectful and tolerant, it seems that we should focus the discussion on whether or not Eden Foods' stance on contraception meets this foundational principle of our co-op:

"Food and Product Selection Philosophy

As a neighborhood based, full service grocer, we are committed to:

Preferring to source local, organic, natural, sustainable, humane, and fairly traded products which represent our Owners’ diverse values and contribute to healthy, just, tolerant and viable communities." (from the Cooperate with YOur Co-op page)

I would argue that the actions of Eden Foods have demonstrated a belief or value that does not contribute to healthy, just, or tolerant communities. 

We also can't forget that this is new to us - so we have been doing business with a company many find morally questionable for years. We may be doing business with many other companies that we would find morally questionable for many different reasons reasons. Are we to continue to be reactionary, or is the a need to be proactive in this area? Being ethical not just about how you react to new information, it is also about seeking the information you need to act ethically.

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Please continue to carry Eden Foods products.  There are no alternatives to this leader in Organic Food Production and safe packaging, I am not aware of any other organic producer that carries solely Organic products.  This is not a usual profits over people position, it is one of a long standing religious/social conviction.  While I disagree with this particular policy of theirs I will direct my efforts at my government officials and the Supreme Court to get religion out of politics.

The Co-op is full of products owned by parent companies (Hain Celestial, General Mills, etc...) that condone and profit off of the practice of applying harmful chemicals to our food supply, endangering the health of the land and farm workers.  If this is an issue of worker rights there are far greater atrocities than not paying for birth control.  At least Eden workers have health care.  While Hain Celestial may be on the correct side (in my opinion) of the GMO labeling debate they own many non-organic product companies.  When one purchases any of the many products owned by General Mills, even Organic products, the dollars are directly funding Monsanto, Dow Chemical, the fight against GMO labeling laws, as well as the exposure of farm workers to harmful chemicals. 

A potential boycott would be short sighted.  I will continue to buy Eden products in support of a better agricultural system.  I have been pushing to get more Eden products in the store, especially at East.  Please consider bringing in Eden Pasta Sauce, and Crushed tomatoes in glass jars, refried beans, and the variety of Eden nuts, seeds, trail mixes that are available.  I will continue to boycott the many General Mills products carried at the Co-op.

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I support a boycott of Eden Foods. This company chose to enter the public arena with their reprehensible healthcare stance, and join a major lawsuit. With the SCOTUS decision that has followed, this is now a highly visible national issue. We have an opportunity to respond with symbolic action, with speech, and with our dollars. I hope we can do so collectively. 

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Most boycotts do not work, and neither will this one unless all co-ops in America plus all other health food stores organized together. This is not going to happen, esp. since Whole Foods' owner shares same religious views as Eden founder.  Further, boycotts are a market based solution, and not the best way to deal with this.  To once again compromise our health choices for a futile endeavor (ie, the boycott is not going to change Eden's worker policy) is foolish. If anything, the co-op should stock more Eden products as they are usually the best where health (and cost) is concerned.  

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Eden organics is compromising women's health choices. The CEO considers contraceptives to be "lifestyle drugs." 

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Please put the decision of whether or not to boycott up for a general membership vote.

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Please keep Eden products on the shelves. 

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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 07/06/2014:

"I appreciate the packaging and quality of the Eden products and would appreciate if you continue to carry them.  If others object to the business practices of Eden I feel they should vote by not purchasing the product and then you will see on your shelves that you should not be buying that much (or any) of their products. Our family will continue to buy their products as we don't object to their business practices and appreciate their quality compared to many 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 07/06/2014:

"Please continue to carry Eden Foods products-they are the ONLY provider of any BHA  free canned beans that I am aware of.-they are absolutely committed to quality food and all things good that come with that-tolerance is a 2 way street.  maybe a 15 way street, maybe 150 way street.  not everyone is going to agree-personally, I am hoping all this pushs us maybe just a wee bit closer to single payerthere are probably other good reasons also.that's what I think anyway"

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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 07/07/2014:

"Please boycott Eden Foods based on their position on reproductive rights.  As a community, we must vote with our dollars to show companies that their position is not tolerable."

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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 07/07/2014:

"While I am religious, I find it very disturbing when religious beliefs determine government actions. We need only to look at what is happening in Muslim countries that are theocracies, ex. Iran. There is a reason why the Founding Fathers who were men of the Enlightenment, and mostly deists (not regular Christians), tried to separate the church from the state. Not to weaken either but to protect each from the other. An unfortunate corollary of many, especially fundamentalist, religious laws and restrictions is that they tend to fall most heavily on women. It is women whose freedoms, whose health, whose permissible actions bear the brunt of almost all religious restrictions. They also tend to be the ones who die as a result. Anyway, having American corporations determine the health needs of their female employees based on some patriarchal concept that the role of women is to breed indiscriminately by limiting their choices in preventing pregnancies, or their ability to receive treatment for endometrial cancer, PCOS, or ectoptic pregnancies and so on, is totally unacceptable. Eden Foods CEO has no business in determining a female employee's medical decisions whether by economic means or by hiring and firing decisions. A woman's value should not be determined by her ability to reproduce. That view belongs in the Dark Ages, or in Iran, or in some of the Muslim African and Asian nations. It is sad that there are women here who do not understand how fragile the concept of female human equality is! I am a long time owner and customer of Willy St. Co-op. Many of my friends are as well. Some are vegetarian, some are vegan, some not, but we all do buy Eden Foods. I personally will no longer buy Eden Foods, and most of them won't either. I realize that may cause a problem for the co-op. However, Eden Foods can choose to start covering all the procedures in the ACA, if not, I am sure that there will be competitors which will quickly fill the gap. I would also like to point out that while there are many male customers at Willy St., the majority appear to be women."

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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 07/08/2014:

"While I vehemently disagree with Eden Foods politics, I think it would be a mistake for the co-op to boycott this brand. Eden Foods is doing the right thing on many fronts - they are a smaller company, they have fought for GMO labeling, and they are preventing cancer with BPA-free packaging. They provide a market for domestic organic farmers. If those farmers lose their market, will they be able to stay in business? If they go out of business, it's likely their land will end up in conventional production. I would like to see the co-op educate members about the politics of this company, and perhaps co-ops could work together to pressure them to change. A boycott, however, could lead to unintended consequences that are even worse than the company's politics."

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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 07/08/2014:

"To be honest, we won't be purchasing Eden Food products going forward whether they are carried at Willy St. or not. Normally my policy is to live and let live. If they don't go spouting about their political leanings, I tend not to use that in my decision making process. Eden Food has chosen to enter the political arena and have chosen an anti-worker and discriminatory stance. These values do not align with mine, it's a personal choice for me no matter what Willy St. decides to do with Eden Foods going forward. Having said that, one of the things I appreciate about Willy St. is that you consciously choose to '...support a healthy, just, and tolerant food system in which workers are valued and compensated fairly across the board.' I don't believe that Eden Foods fits with that vision and would certainly support removing their products from the Willy St. inventory."

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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 07/09/2014:

"Apparently you should have dumped them even before they filed the lawsuit.  They are clearly not forward thinking if they don't cover "lifestyle drugs" like contraceptives or smoking cessation.  First, contraceptives as lifestyle drugs?  Wouldn't it be good for the planet if we didn't have huge families.  And, if they are truly interested in limiting chemicals in the food supply, that belief would also cross over into helping their employees quit their smoking habits.  Money is power; please tell them we don't want to buy their products any more."

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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 07/09/2014:

"Keep the product."

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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 07/06/2014:

"Both owners would like to have Eden's products removed from the Co-op." 

Kirsten Moore
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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 07/04/2014:

"Please remove Eden products from the store."

Kirsten Moore
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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 07/03/2014:

"We need to stop carrying EDEN organics (they sued w/ Hobby Lobby to supress women access to contraception in their health insurance)"