Your Co-op’s Open Letter to Eden Foods

July 16, 2014

In recent weeks we have heard from a number of members and customers in regards to Eden Foods relationship to the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. We really do love to hear from our customers and members and feel that this type of dialogue is healthy and beneficial for our Co-op. Although we very much respect everyone’s stance on this matter, the Co-op serves a diverse community of customers, both member and non-member. What we have found is that our focus is on healthy foods and we can’t often let that pursuit be thwarted by politics that our members have divided stances on. We try to support fair trade, organics, cooperatively-produced products, and local providers, but all in all our biggest goal remains healthy foods.

We feel that our primary responsibility to our members is to select products based on our product policies (find them here). Related to this, Eden’s offerings are amongst the most pure products available at the Co-op. Eden has been an industry leader in organics and maintaining standards in the face of corporate attacks. They have fought openly within the industry & to outside interests to maintain organic standards, as numerous attempts to water them down have been attempted. They also almost single handedly brought BPA-free lining into cans to the US market.

Although we do not have any plans to discontinue carrying this product, we do still realize that we are representatives of our membership. It is for this reason that we have written an Open Letter to Eden Foods (see below) and we will be forwarding any comments we receive on this topic directly to Eden Foods, so they may understand the potential impact their decisions may have on the future livelihood of their company.We also encourage anyone interested to share their thoughts directly with Eden Foods by emailing info@edenfoods.com, or writing to the address on our Open Letter to Eden Foods.

In closing, we always encourage consumers (customers or otherwise) to realize the power they have in how they spend their money. Your dollar is like a vote and you’re always able to use that vote to support or boycott products. We are sure that if you boycott this company, you will still find plenty on our shelves worth ‘voting’ for.

Click on the link to read the Co-op’s Open Letter to Eden Foods

 

 

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