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I would like to say that my wife and I have been frequent consumers of Eden products in the past, but we will not continue purchasing those products going forward. We would also like to add our voices to the group of individuals asking the Co-Op to discontinue stocking Eden brand products.

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I would like to say that my wife and I have been frequent consumers of Eden products in the past, but we will not continue purchasing those products going forward. We would also like to add our voices to the group of individuals asking the Co-Op to discontinue stocking Eden brand products.

Vassil Peytchev
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I support a boycott of Eden Foods products. I agree with others that this is not a political issue, but rather a human rights issue.

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We strongly support a boycott of Eden Foods products, and look forward to a replacement brand. Like others, I have already stopped buying their hate beans! ~Miriam

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I strongly support the coop boycotting Eden Foods. Institutional boycotts are far more effective than individual boycotts, and the owners of Willy St Coop have the power to make real impact here through collective action.

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I used to live in Ann Arbor, where Eden began. It did not have a good reputation as an employer then (mid '70s - early '80s). Around 1980 they moved out of town, to Chelsea, if I remember right, and nearby Clinton, likely for tax reasons. They also had a fire. When this situation arose about the health care act I was slightly surprised, but it is not out of character. American soy is bad for you anyway, so I support a boycott. I haven't bought any Eden products since the '90s.

One of the nice things about Willy St. Coop is that new products appear all the time, and entrepreneurs are innovating constantly to provide quality food, supplements, and related goods and services. Eden would be a better fit for the other two "natural foods" stores in Madison. Especially the one known as Whole Paycheck.

It is worth mentioning that Willy St. Coop is a national leader in the alternative grocery industry in a number of ways. Removing products from a regressive employer is another way for the coop to stand for civilization. When Willy St. leads, others will follow. More employers will be inspired to offer full health insurance.

Another thing worth mentioning is that using religion as an excuse to constrain health benefits is likely a grandstand play of some kind, similar to what the CEO of Whole Paycheck did. In other words, it's fake. People of a certain persuasion for some reason cannot abide the Affordable Care Act, a moderate effort in making health care more affordable. The worst employers hate paying their employees anything, and fight tooth-and-nail when any "government" requirement or regulation comes their way. They show their true colors when a case like this appears, and it is a perfect opportunity to say to them "So long, it's been good to know ya."

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Yes, I support a full boycott of all Eden products.  Regardless of what Willy Street does my boycott starts now as I will be sure not to buy anything sold by them that is currently in our stores. Thanks for asking. Jerry

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Hi Kristen:  yes, I am fully aware of the breadth of Eden's/Potter's discriminatory, and frankly nonsensical, positions.  Potter likened use of contraception by women to drinking Jack Daniels.  He's made a number of comments that defy logic and science.  Daily Kos is a good source of info. about those.  That is why this really is primarily about establishing consequences for Potter's misogyny, in my opinion, and why rehab of his attitude or actions isn't likely an option.  Thanks for pointing that out, in case others weren't aware.  Best, Gillian

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Hi Kristen:  yes, I am fully aware of the breadth of Eden's/Potter's discriminatory, and frankly nonsensical, positions.  Potter likened use of contraception by women to drinking Jack Daniels.  He's made a number of comments that defy logic and science.  Daily Kos is a good source of info. about those.  That is why this really is primarily about establishing consequences for Potter's misogyny, in my opinion, and why rehab of his attitude or actions isn't likely an option.  Thanks for pointing that out, in case others weren't aware.  Best, Gillian

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I’m seeing a lot of people post more than once; I don’t know what the process is here, but I hope that if there’s some kind of vote counting going on, that it’s posters who are counted, not posts. I also think it would be more helpful, and more honest, if all posters posted under their own names.

There’ve been some interesting comments, and some real red herrings: 1) it’s irrelevant that Eden started as a co-op if it no longer is a co-op; 2) this debate is not about Eden’s (or Eden’s management’s) political views — it’s about the company’s actions in regard to its female employees, and only its female employees. That’s rank discrimination, and I won’t buy their products unless and until they change that behavior.

I’ve already “voted,” but I’ll repeat that the Willy Street Co-op should uphold its supplier standards and drop all Eden products.

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Hi Norm,

A comment period is not a vote. It is an opportunity to give our staff Owner feedback to make a decision. That said, we will take all comments into consideration and we will also take note when multiple comments come from the same person.

All those posting on this forum are Owners, and our online Owner accounts are set up so that the name of the Owner (on in household accounts, Owners), is listed alongside the comment. Name changes must be made in writing by the Primary Owner on their FairShare account, and there are no options for nicknames. 

I mentioned that Eden used to be a co-op to an Owner who said they wished that Eden was a co-op. My intention was to inform the Owner, not to influence the discussion. 

Kirsten Moore, Director of Cooperative Services

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I would oppose an all out boycott. Rather let's notify members that there is an issue and direct them to real information, not just lumping Eden in with the general media response to the Hobby Lobby lawsuit. I support women's reproductive rights which are clearly a pillar in the foundation of any just society. AND I read Eden's Food statement, read about their policies and history in general, and read this Ann Arbor News interview: http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/eden-foods-ceo-michael-potter-explains-his-decision-to-sue-obama-administration-over-contraceptives/

and then it isn't so clear.

So I don't agree with everything about Eden. I would love if they were a cooperative! They do seem to be the kind of company that, in the absence of real goverment regulation, tries to provide the highest standard of safe food to their customers. Eden statements express support for women's reproductive freedoms.

In the context of universal single payer health care, would we even be discussing this? So the best universal health care plan is supplanted with something that is easy to attack from every angle and the we all fight amongst ourselves over stupid details instead of further uniting to pass the best universal health care plan. 

I am upset by the Hobby Lobby decision and I hope congress can make the promised changes to correct the situation without undermining women's reproductive rights...

...I just hope we can refrain from knee-jerk reactions. Let's put a light on it. Let's tell Eden we think they have entered a grey area. Let's find out, through dialogue, at least with folks who have clearly been our friends for years, if we can find a ground we can agree on, one that meets all our needs, and can work together to bring such a plan into being.

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Thank you Susan. I am the Director of Cooperative Services for the Co-op. I just wanted to point out for you and other Owners commenting that Eden Foods was a cooperative at one point in time. 

http://www.edenfoods.com/about/ 

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Boycotts are, arguably, punitive, and there isn't anything wrong with that; anyone harming millions of other people is opening themselves to that consequence.  It's not necessary, or anyone's responsibility, to attempt to rehabilitate Michael Potter (who is arguably not a good candidate for that enterprise), only to financially dissociate from the perpetuation of his harm to women and communicate to entities like the SCOTUS that exercise of their political biases may have unintended consequences when they make decisions this harmful and reprehensible.

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I would like to offer the reminder that a boycott is not punishment. It is a tool -- often a very effective tool -- for leveraging change.  A number of commenters are pointing out the ways that Eden Organics is a good company. Let's use this tool to encourage them to be a good company in one more way.

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I would like to offer the reminder that a boycott is not punishment. It is a tool -- often a very effective tool -- for leveraging change.  A number of commenters are pointing out the ways that Eden Organics is a good company. Let's use this tool to encourage them to be a good company in one more way.

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I strongly urge a complete boycott of all Eden Foods products due to their blatant gender discrimination against women (as evidenced by their lawsuit in pursuit of an exemption to ACA-mandated contraceptive coverage for women), and thus their failure to compensate female employees equally; benefits are compensation and they're not denying their male employees any medical services based on gender.  In addition to the fact that women are unable to exercise other constitutional rights (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness among them) if we're not able to control our reproductive capacities, many women require these treatments medically (unrelated to contraception).  Since the corporation is NOT a person, "it" doesn't legally have a right to a religious belief.  To those who speak about supporting/tolerating a diversity of opinions/positions, would you support the coop carrying products produced by a company that discriminated against people on the basis of race or sexual orientation?  This is no different.  Their products are replaceable, and if someone really needs something that isn't, they can purchase directly from the company if they wish to.  They still have access.  I also support the suggestion that WSC organize w/other coops to coordinate a boycott.  The only thing corporations understand is experiencing the financial, bottom-line consequences of their actions.

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Hi Gillian, thank you for your comment. As the Director of Cooperative Services for the Co-op I just wanted to point out for you and other Owners commenting that Eden Foods objects to more than just covering contraception for women. To quote from their April 25, 2013 statement:

"Eden employee benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and a fifty percent 401k match. The benefits have not funded "lifestyle drugs," an insurance industry drug classification that includes contraceptives, Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss, infertility, impotency, etc."

http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=219

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Please add my name to those would like all Eden Products removed from Willy St. shelves.  Thanks

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Boycott. I'd much rather eat organic or non-organic chickpeas of another brand than consume their religion- and mysogyny-tainted canned goods.

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Eden Foods feel strongly women aren't entitled to full health care, they are certainly not being quiet about that, so I do not wish to ever purchase one of their products again. To equivocate in the "well, but they are one of us" way, sort of waffle on the woman thing just this once, well, I don't agree. Please discontinue their products.

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To the people who think the co-op should continue carrying Eden products, ask yourself if you would want your employer to restrict your access to medication in this way. If the answer is "no" please do not be a hypocrite by supporting a company that does this to its employees just to save a few bucks on your groceries.

I support the co-op discontinuing Eden products because the company blatantly discriminates against women and other employees in their health coverage. No company has the right to impose their religious values onto other people and deny them access to appropriate healthcare. We have the opportunity to send a strong message to Eden and companies that would discriminate in such a way that it will not be tolerated. If enough co-ops and corporations like Whole Foods stop carrying Eden's products, Eden will be forced to change their policies if they intend to survive. If a boycott had a significant impact in this way, it would send a strong message to other companies about the financial risks associated with health coverage discrimination. And perhaps it would put an end to such policies. We can sit back and do nothing, but that will only make the situation worse. Today Eden won't cover birth control; tomorrow maybe they won't cover maternity leave to unmarried women. Who knows how far our courts will allow companies to go in imposting their "values" on our bodies.

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I strongly support a boycott of Eden Foods.  Health care coverage is offered to workers as part of their overall compensation package.  Limiting the specific drugs and procedures that are covered by employee-provided healthcare (based on faulty science and religious beliefs), is just as unethical and unconstitutional as requiring that your paycheck not be used for items or activities the company deems immoral.  The Supreme Court may think they have a right to do that, but we also have a right to boycott their products.  And the fact that they also restrict viagra does not make this any less descriminatory.  Viagra is not an essential health resource for half the world's population.  Birth control is.  And only a woman and her doctor should have the ability to determine which method is right for her.  Also, Eden Foods is not a church.  It is a for-profit business, and it has no right to impose its religious views on its employees.  I'm sure members would not want to stock their products if they were refusing to provide AIDS drugs.  Birth control is essential health care, period.   

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Please stop carrying Eden Foods products.

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Vicki here. My first reaction was yes, stop carrying Eden foods. But then I thought some more and decided no, keep carrying their products.

I was a member of the board (long ago, back in the '80s) when many shoppers urged the co-op to stop carrying bananas due to mistreatment of workers. The co-op was much smaller then and bananas were a huge portion of total sales. I don't think we were terribly worried about the loss of sales, but did we want to lose customers who might benefit in so many ways by continuing to shop at the co-op? Ultimately we kept carrying bananas, and used it as an opportunity to educate folks - big signs, articles in the newsletter, flyers explaining the issue. AND we added a surcharge to bananas (maybe 3 cents/lb) and donated the money to United Farm Workers. People could choose to boycott bananas on their own if they wished.

I'm guessing that a boycott is not going to change Eden. It's a very complicated issue. I think it would be more beneficial to make a concerted effort to educate folks about aspects of the issue and let them make their own decision. Perhaps donate some of the proceeds from Eden products to an organization that promotes a better healthcare reform system (single-payer, anyone?).

From what I have read, it appears that the owner of Eden is principled in many ways, including his opposition to large corporations controlling the National Organic Standards Board and to allowing questionable ingredients to be included in foods with the organic" label. (http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=229) And he is not opposed to a woman's right to choose; only to being forced to include birth control, among other things, in the company's health plan - which is provided to employees along with dental, vision and life insurance and contributions to a retirement plan. Not a bad way to treat employees.

I do not agree with Eden's stand on the ACA and cringe at every piece of resistance and the whittling away of what could have been great health care reform. But I do understand it. And it seems that Eden Foods is contributing much that is positive to good food and to the workforce.

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When considering a boycott of Eden Foods, I think we need to make sure that we're protesting the right issue and the right party. In my mind, there are two issues to be considered here: Eden not wanting to provide contraceptives to its employees, and Eden's legal action challenging the ACA mandate that forces them to provide contraceptives.

When we look solely at Eden's fundamental resistance to provide contraceptives, we need to remember that before the ACA, they weren't providing them either. An April 2013 Eden statement states that under their previous health care provider, they did not fund "lifestyle drugs," which included "contraceptives, Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss, infertility, impotency, etc." They're only speaking up about it now because the ACA law forces them to START covering them. While this should probably lead to a bigger question - Should the Willy Street Co-op support ANY company that doesn't provide contraceptives? - as for Eden, if we weren't willing to boycott them before, maybe we shouldn't boycott them now. And if we are, we should do our research and apply that decision store-wide, not just target them because they're in the news.

As for the second issue, Eden's legal action resisting the ACA, I see them exercising their legal right to question a law which they found faulty. Personally, I absolutely think that companies should not be able to dictate what health care options are available to their employees and I was glad to see it included in the ACA - it's an issue of both access and privacy - but that's my opinion, and I respect their right to disagree. That's why we have courts. But I'm not blaming Eden for utilizing the new exemption, or even blaming Hobby Lobby - I hold the Supreme Court responsible for allowing the religious exemption in the first place. Eden was just using the legal system the way it's supposed to be used, in the same way it's been used previously to protest issues I heartily support protesting. If we're really upset about the creation of the exemption itself, then it's not Eden that we need to boycott, it's the Supreme Court.

I know it's hard to sit back and not take action when someone wants to limit a right that we believe is fundamental, but as a Co-op, we need to make responsible and consistently applied decisions.

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I find the fact that they call contraceptives a "lifestyle drug" offensive in and of itself, both before and after the Supreme Court decision.

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I find the fact that they call contraceptives a "lifestyle drug" offensive in and of itself, both before and after the Supreme Court decision.

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Excellent Post.  Thank you!

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Very well said!

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This is Paul (not Carol) - We proudly joined the co-op (and ponied up for a lifetime membership) so we could buy high-quality healthy food products and support an organization that we assumed had likeminded owners regarding high-quality healthy food.  If the Willy-Street Co-op decides to boycott the oldest natural and organic food company in America (that ironically started as a co-op), knowing their impecable history and commendable ongoing efforts (Read their ABOUT PAGE for crying out loud - http://www.edenfoods.com/about), it would make Willy-Street Co-op the most hypocritical organization imaginable.  Technically - Anybody who supports Willy-Street Co-op and wants to boycott Eden Foods is an uninformed self-righteous hypocrite and should honestly have no voice regarding the long-term direction of any food based organization like Willy-Street Co-op.  It dramatically benefits everyone to keep non-food related political agenda's personal, as it creates a more welcoming environment for everyone, which ultimately brings in more people to support the co-op.

Unfortunately, we would likely stop supporting the co-op if Eden Foods is boycotted.

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Thanks for the name-calling. Glad to know what I am.

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What else would you call a person who believes their personal political views should place priority over supporting an organization that does everything Willy-Street is based on?  It's not name calling , and I'm sorry you feel that way, but they are called appropriate describing words.  People are entitled to their opinions, but this is a pathetic attempt to use Willy- Street for political games.  Eden Foods is not going to change their stance...it's a part of their core identity and they will sell to a corporate giant before they change their stance.  Oh wait, that would be a good thing...right?  Let's shut down privately held companies that are fighting the good fight in the food and environmental responsibility world, who have done nothing illegal, are going through due process to defend a stance they have always maintained.  This will have a negative impact on Willy-Street and Eden Foods...so congratulations on such an honorable goal.

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Eden Foods chose to take political action on a non-food related issue.  It is ironic that you call boycott supporters hypocrites, and then enjoin us to keep our political agendas to ourselves.

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Eden was defending itself from a NEW government mandate that violated their rights.  That's not political action, it's self defense.  Everyone agrees that women should have access to birth control, but not everyone agrees with the government mandate. Things like the morning after pill goes against the owners conscience (they believe it terminates a life... What is the exact moment that life begins?  Does science say?  Their view is not held by everyone but IS rational).  Consider their good intention.  Their conscience also led them to be leaders in protecting the environment and providing organic food, etc...  

All of the commenters on this page are also well intentioned... I can see it and hear it... you're commenting because you want to do good.  But, many on this page have NOT put themselves in Edens shoes and have NOT tried to understand their views.  If the government mandated something that violated the law, the constitution, and what we believe in, Willy Street can defend itself and that's not polticial activism... For example, if the govt could try to outlaw co-ops because they wanted to collect taxes on income... Willy Street could defend itself.  In contrast, Boycotting Eden Foods is political activism.  It's not centrist or non partisan.  I know that many owners of Willy Street would support it... But it's obvious that people of good will have different religious and political views, including Willy Street owners.

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I have read Eden's arguments and considered them thoughtfully. However, I do not believe that businesses/corporations have the same rights as individual human beings. I do not believe that employers have the right to determine how their employees spend their salary and use their benefits - once that compensation is in the employee's pocket, it's nobody's business how they spend it. I would like to see the Co-op boycott Eden foods for these reasons, and in hopes that we can act together to encourage Eden foods to protect their employees' rights to make PRIVATE health care decisions without the interference of their employers, not to mention discouraging the kind of slippery slope allowing Eden to behave this way could lead to. What happens when the employer is against consumption of alcohol? Purchase of certain books? Sorry, I just don't think employers should have that power over their employees.

In any case, I will continue to personally boycott Eden, so the Co-op can expect to lose some of my business if I have to go elsewhere to find comparable products. I will continue to support the Co-op in any other way I can.

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No employer has the right to determine how its employees spend their salary or use their benefits. They can't tell you which books to buy or whether or not to buy birth control.  I would be DISGUSTED if an employer could tell an employee to not buy birth control!!  In this case, the ACA mandates that businesses provide specific benefits to its employees wtih no co-pay or cost to the employees.  This includes the morning after pill, which violates the owner's conscience.  Everyone wants women to have access to birth control, but the supreme court decided that the mandate went too far in certain cases (only for certain closely held companies).

Businesses aren't human beings, but they are owned and operated by human beings.  Some businesses are closely held, or even owned by a single person!  For example, you can start a business and operate it out of your house... it's YOUR business, owned and operated by you.  It's very important to have laws and regulations to protect employees, customers, and other stakeholders, but it's also important that they don't go too far or violate the rights of the owners.  In this case, the mandate violated the owner's religious freedom.  It's NOT correct that Eden is telling its employees what to buy or even dictating their views onto employees.  Eden would have no problem if its employees bought birth control.  It's the other way around (the govt is telling Eden what to buy). You said that people should be able to buy what they want and be free to purchase birth control, and this is exactly Eden's position as well!

I read the food and product selection philosphy.  Eden is a STRONG fit.  I know people are concerned about politics, but Willy Street should stick to the food and product selection philosophy, which is very well written.  I'm proud to be a part supporting a local co-op store with these ideals.  Willy Street is a great store which is exactly why I want to protec it from getting involved in religion and politics! 

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Well said

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I don't think it's practical to vet the political views of all our suppliers, so the co-op shouldn't do this with Eden Foods. As individuals we can choose not to buy their products, but the co-op's decision to drop Eden Foods should be based on already-established criteria, not on politics. It's a difficult issue and passions are running high at the moment, but we can't demand ideological purity (even if we could define it) from every supplier.

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Health care discrimination is not politics. Imagine for a moment that a company refused to cover treatment for Tay Sachs disease, or sickle cell anemia. A company should not be making health care decisions period, much less ones that single out one group of people. Despite what "Justice" Scalia says, women are entitled to equal protection under the law.

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Suzy, we agree that health care discrimination is wrong, whether it's politics or not. But I still think the co-op really needs to be very careful when deciding what suppliers to drop or boycott. The policy needs to be clear, fair, and consistently applied.

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While I agree that it would be impossible to vet all of the companies that the COOP carries, when one of those companies acts in a very public, political way, such as suing the government for a non-food related issue, it is well within the purvue of the COOP to decide if we should carry their products or not.  

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Thanks for bringing this forward for discussion.  Please keep the products.  I expect the Co-op would have very little inventory of any kind if all of its suppliers were subjected to scrutiny, and there aren't many who can claim Eden's substantial contributions toward healthy, sustainable food.

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This is a good source for Eden Boycott activism on facebook! The campaign is heating up! Gay rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because its broad exemption for religious groups will now be construed to mean businesses like Eden. 

https://www.facebook.com/BoycottEden

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As a member / owner of Willy Street Co-op, I don't agree with the Co-op's consideration to boycott Eden Foods.  I think Eden Foods is a good company and if an Eden employee doesn't like the companie's belief system and/or decision to not pay for specific provisions in the HHS mandate, they can excercise their right to leave the company and find employment elsewhere.  No-one is forcing them to work at Eden Foods.  These employees and/or ex-employees can also excercise their right to gather individuals and to boycott Eden Foods.  If individual members / owners of Willy Street Co-op decide to boycott Eden, they have every right to do that.  A melting pot of ideas, agreements, disagreements, beliefs, ethnicity, cultures, etc. is what makes America a truly great place to live.  I don't agree with many of my friends, neighbors, co-workers and even family on a variety of issues but in the end, we are all part of the human family.  To debate and challenge as individuals is magnificent and alive....to be indifferent, cookie-cutter, and uniform is uninspring and dead.  

Peace. 

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So what you're saying is that employers have the right to discriminate and mistreat their employees, and if an employee doesn't like it, they can just go find another job. Maybe we should do away with ALL workplace laws that prohibit discrimination! And laws that protect employees from occupational health and safety risks, too! Let companies do whatever they want and if someone doesn't like it, they can always quit. Because jobs are so easy to find! Have you really applied any logic to what you're suggesting?

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This is exactly the same logic used by supporter of smoking in bars-- employees who don't want to get poisoned at work should just go elsewhere for work. Some people don't have a lot of choices on where they work. 

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I am strongly in favor of keeping Eden Food's products and NOT boycotting this company!  Willy Street should be very selective with the foods that it purchases, and Edens Foods meets that high bar based on (1) the quality of the food, (2) their commitment to organic, natural and sustainable practices, and (3) their fair treatment of their workers, including a generous benefits package (they don't want to provide free birth control, but the benefits package overall is very generous). 

Willy Street shouldn't boycott companies based on conservative or liberal pollicial reasons because the owners have diverse views which should be respected.  It would be better for Willy Street to focus on having high quality products that meet high standards that we can all agree on (listed earlier).  If these standards are met, each owner can then choose how to spend their money in the store and whether to buy products such as Edens Foods or not.   I would not be happy about this boycott.

Kirsten Moore
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Thank you, John, for your comment. For all Owners commenting, I can safely say as a staff member you may rest assured that we will not be considering conservative or liberal poliical postiions regarding any of our products and whether to continue carrying them, as we are a nonpartisan organization. We put out the call for Owner commentary due to a very rare spike in Owner input favoring pulling and boycotting a particular product. We wanted to find out what our other Owners thought so that we can make an informed decision and to also help our Owners learn from each other about diverse Owner priorities, perspectives, and needs.

Nick Kokoshis
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So you are saying if Eden foods kills women or gay people based on its "deeply held religious beliefs" this would not be considered by the coop? Because that is what denial of health care rights does. There's no debate about it-- people who don't have access to health care die because they ignore illnesses at the early stages when they are treatable. This is what the modest reforms of the Affordable Care Act are about, and when a right wing extremist company like Eden Foods makes a decision that will have consequences far and wide, and deny women and gays access to health care, I sure hope you can sleep at night by not taking their conservative politics into consideration.