Eden Foods: Yummy, nutritious … and packed full of Catholic bigotry

THE Catholic boss of a US health food company is a little pissed off with America’s “left wing” media for exposing his company’s “stealthy” right wing agenda in relation to Obamacare.

CEO and founder of Eden Foods, Michael Potter, had carefully cultivated a following of left-leaning, environmentally-concerned American. The company’s mission statement includes its goal to “contribute to peaceful evolution on earth,” “to maintain a healthy, respectful, challenging, and rewarding environment for employees,” and to “cultivate sound relationships with other organizations and individuals who are like minded and involved in like pursuits”.

This doctored image of an Eden's soy milk added to consumer hostility

This doctored image of an Eden’s soy milk added to consumer hostility

But loyal consumers turned nasty and began boycotting the company’s products when they learned through reports like this that its had:

Quietly pursued a decidedly right-wing agenda, suing the Obama administration for exemption from the mandate to cover contraception for its employees under the Affordable Care Act. In court filings, Eden Foods, represented by the conservative Thomas More Law Center, alleges that its rights have been violated under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedure Act.

Eden Foods, which dubs itself “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America”, says in its filing that the company believes of birth control that:

These procedures almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.

The complaint also says that:

Plaintiffs believe that Plan B and ‘ella’ can cause the death of the embryo, which is a person.

Eden Foods’ 128 employees are covered under Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, but until recently, Potter was able to exclude what the insurance company deemed “lifestyle drugs” like Viagra. But once Potter became aware that the company’s plan had begun to cover contraception in accordance with the Obamacare regulations, he teamed up with Thomas More Law Center to sue. This outfit focuses on “violations of religious freedom”.

According to this report, Potter says he is now concerned about the long-term impact on the company as a result of the media coverage the case has generated and the criticism Eden Foods has received on Internet blogs and social networking sites. He glumly said:

There have been a lot of threats and declarations of boycotts on the Internet so that’s certainly alarming. We’ve had some people saying they’ll buy more and a lot of people saying they won’t buy anything.

Potter added in a statement:

This lawsuit does not block, or intend to block, anyone’s access to healthcare or reproductive management. This lawsuit is about protecting religious freedom and stopping the government from forcing citizens to violate their conscience.