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Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:24 PM

Eden Foods following in Hobby Lobby footsteps..

Eden Foods bills itself as the oldest natural foods company in America. Founder Michael Potter started the business as a co-op in 1960s Michigan, long before terms like “macrobiotics” and “clean eating” were commonplace.

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devout Catholic (and sole Eden Foods shareholder) Potter has taken on a new mission: blocking his 150-strong workforce from accessing birth control as part of their Eden Foods insurance plan.

Here's the fun part:

In a letter he wrote in response to a shopper complaint that month, Potter described contraceptives as “lifestyle drugs” akin to “Viagra, smoking cessation, weight-loss” tools and other medications. (He also compared birth control to “Jack Daniels” in a contemporaneous interview with Salon.)


More:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/07/03/hobby-lobby-fallout-catholic-soy-milk-mogul-wont-cover-drugs-that-prevent-procreation/

Good luck with a boycott of that busienss....the brand is HUGE in places like Whole Foods.

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Reply Eden Foods following in Hobby Lobby footsteps.. (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2014 OP
shenmue Jul 2014 #1
Retrograde Jul 2014 #2
genwah Jul 2014 #6
warrant46 Jul 2014 #3
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2014 #12
warrant46 Jul 2014 #14
Dr Hobbitstein Jul 2014 #4
theHandpuppet Jul 2014 #5
pamela Jul 2014 #7
Old Codger Jul 2014 #8
Lefta Dissenter Jul 2014 #9
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2014 #10
CrispyQ Jul 2014 #11
herding cats Jul 2014 #13
conservaphobe Jul 2014 #15

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:34 PM

1. :(

Ugh.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:36 PM

2. "Huge in places like Whole Foods"

Good. It will give people who live in the more affluent areas where Hobby Lobby doesn't have stores to vote with their wallets.

ETA: I see a store I frequent carries their brand: if they go through with their threat I'll inform the manager why I'm not buying their products.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 09:43 PM

6. That's the ticket. Shelf space is a commodity to supermarkets. Eye level shelf space is at a premium

and the deals that are made for that space are money in the bank for sellers.

How can we mobilize our shopping dollars?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:37 PM

3. Taliborn Again

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Response to warrant46 (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 06:34 PM

12. Good phrase.....

Stealing it.
Actually, we should be using it far and wide.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 07:30 PM

14. Go for it

It fits these Clowns to a 'T"

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:40 PM

4. There are quite a few of those "natural" companies that are uber-religious...

Ezekiel Bread is one...

Unrelated: I used to work for Wild Oats before they were bought out by Whole Foods (what's really fucked is we had NO idea until we saw it on CNN. Corporate responded to the stores 2 hours later). Then I worked for Whole Foods for a couple years before they shut our store down. We made the right numbers, but our demographic was NOT what Whole Foods wanted. This was in West Melbourne, FL. After shutting us down, they opened a HUGE Whole Foods an hour away in Orlando. I commuted for awhile (I was a graphic designer, or "Store Artist" as they called it), but gave up on it, as this was when gas was at it's peak, and I just couldn't afford the daily commute. They did give me a kick-ass severance, however.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 08:41 PM

5. I've purchased their foods on occasion

They are now officially crossed off my list. Never again.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 09:52 PM

7. Here are a couple of links that might help...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 10:16 PM

8. Real Hypocrisy

 

Hypocrisy in every way .... they are not concerned with anyone actually using birth control, they are only interested in not paying for it.If they truly had strong deep religious feelings about them they would be trying to get information on employees who were using them and fire them all ... if they are not willing to go to that extreme then it is just about money not about religion at all...

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat Jul 5, 2014, 10:56 PM

9. Damnit! :( (n/t)

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Response to Lefta Dissenter (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 12:25 AM

10. Problem is....90% of American businesses are "closely held"

which is the definition in the SCOTUS ruling.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 10:14 AM

11. I never shop at HL, but I buy a lot of Eden Foods.

Not anymore! Here's their contact page:

http://www.edenfoods.com/contact/

I will snail mail them with copies of receipts with their products on them.

on edit: Sending a letter to the three health food stores that I shop at too. Fuck Eden Foods.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 06:44 PM

13. I thought I'd not purchased their goods in the past year.

I used to patronize them for their olive oil. I thought that was all I purchased of theirs and I stopped about a year ago when they took this stance. Then today when I was cleaning out my pantry I found some dry roasted pumpkin seeds from them hiding in there. How they got there is a mystery to me since they're still in date. If anything I think this means I need to impress on my friends and family the connection between them and their politics.

I feel like I somehow failed my loved ones in not getting this message out properly.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jul 6, 2014, 07:59 PM

15. No surprise.

 

Peddlers of snake oil like "macrobiotics" and "clean eating" would believe in invisible men.

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