Stop carrying Eden Foods products
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Stop carrying Eden Foods products

    1. Emily Polak
    2. Petition by

      Emily Polak

      Somerville, MA

We're infuriated by the recent Hobby Lobby decision which may have incredibly far-reaching impacts, denying workers access to the basic health care required by the Affordable Care Act. But, as consumers, we have the power to impact some of the 71 other lawsuits- and businesses- that have filed suits with the same claims as the Hobby Lobby case. These businesses are putting their own partisan politics above the health and well-being of their employees.

As one of the first for-profit companies to file a 'Hobby Lobby-esque' lawsuit, Eden Foods is refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act and cover employees' contraception. Eden Foods is denying basic health care to their employees' and employees' families.

While individual-level boycotting of Eden Foods may not have much of an impact, telling Whole Foods to stop carrying Eden Foods' products in their stores around the nation should have a much bigger effect. Let's seek out the best messenger to send this message to Eden Foods- and in this case, Whole Foods seems like the perfect fit. 

By executing our literal power of the purse, we can send a strong message as consumers, demanding Eden Foods drop their anti-contraceptive, anti-family, anti-woman lawsuit. Let's use Whole Foods' position at the top of the health food store pyramid to convey our disgust at Eden Foods' decision to deny employees basic health care.

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    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Whole Foods is watching!

      Emily Polak
      Petition Organizer

      Dear wonderful petition signers,

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping this momentum up!

      While Whole Foods at-large continues to issue the same statement about what products they do/do not choose to carry, claiming the decision is based on ingredients, we know that individual Whole Foods Markets are open to changing for the better.

      For example, here in Cambridge, MA, the Whole Foods on River Street just recently elected to stop carrying Eden Foods products because of customer feedback! The Whole Foods on Prospect Street is tracking consumer input very closely, and maintaining a running tally of customer requests to stop carrying Eden products. Your input is having an impact!

      In addition to continuing to share this petition widely, please be sure to make your voice heard. Tell your local Whole Foods and/or your local grocery store to stop carrying Eden Foods products- you've got at least another 20,797 of us doing the same thing simultaneously.

      To comprehensive health care coverage for everyone,
      Emily

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. Media Coverage!

      Emily Polak
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,
      We're continuing to defy petition expectations! Not only have we surpassed 8400 signatures but the media is picking up the story as well- if you haven't seen it yet, check out the article that The Daily Beast published last night: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/09/the-hobby-lobby-backlash-hits-whole-foods.html

      Please continue to share the petition, spread the word, and help convince Whole Foods that they have a responsibility to respond to their customers by removing Eden Foods from their shelves so long as Eden denies comprehensive health benefits to their employees.

      Many thanks,
      Emily

      The Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods

      Whole Foods isn't dropping contraception coverage for employees but nevertheless, it's facing a Hobby Lobby backlash. By Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 people signed an online petition urging Whole Foods to carrying products from Eden Foods, one of the 82 companies trying to opt of covering contraception in health insurance following the Supreme Court's ruling.

    5. Reached 8,000 signatures
    6. Our numbers keep growing!

      Emily Polak
      Petition Organizer

      Dear fabulous petition signers,
      We hadn't surpassed 200 names on Thursday afternoon, and we've now gone past the 1000 mark. Thank you for continuing to share and promote this petition.

      It is clear that Whole Foods is watching, and I'll be sending them another email asking about their intended response. While they originally were not responding to posts about Eden Foods on Facebook, they've now taken to responding to most postings with a pro-forma "When reviewing products, our primary consideration is whether they meet our high quality standards. We hope that if you have any feedback for Eden Foods, you'll share it with them directly."

      In short, we know Whole Foods is watching. They even initially said that they thought the petition was 'losing steam.' But we're only growing. And we've yet to see any action on their part.

      A thousand signatories is great, but 5,000 is much harder to ignore. Please keep spreading the word, and showing Eden Foods that their decision to deny equitable health coverage for their employees is going to hit their bottom line sooner rather than later.

      And while you're at it, others have been encouraging their local organic food stores to drop Eden products as well. The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling may have harmed access to contraceptive healthcare for many employees but we can respond as empowered and organized consumers!

      Thank you a thousand-fold!

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Keep it going!

      Emily Polak
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing work everyone! We've nearly tripled the number of signatures in the last few hours! Please keep it up and show Whole Foods that we're not losing stream, but rather, gaining enormous momentum!

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Interesting update from Whole Foods

      Emily Polak
      Petition Organizer

      Hi everyone,
      I emailed Whole Foods- which has also been receiving an email every time someone new signs the petition- to ask about next steps. Below, please find their response. While I see the point in their statement, I would argue that socially responsible ingredients aren't the only thing that matter when selecting what products a chain elects to carry. I think we can redouble our efforts to convince them that we're not ready to go away and that we see Whole Foods' purchasing power as a chance to do good for both customers and employees alike.

      Please continue to share the petition, post it Facebook, blast it out on Twitter, talk about it in person, and send emails with the link. This organizing campaign is one very real way that we can impact how the Hobby Lobby ruling plays out, and influence Eden Foods and its decision to put politics over the health and well-being of people- and their families.

      Here's the email from Whole Foods:
      "Hello Emily – I’m a colleague of Robin Rehfield-Kelly’s in Whole Foods Market’s communications department, and I want you to know that we really do appreciate your reaching out to us to share your feelings about Eden Foods. When reviewing products for our shelves, our primary consideration is whether the product’s ingredients meet our Quality Standards. We recognize and respect that customers may have their own personal criteria for buying or not buying a product, and it’s every shoppers’ right to vote with their dollars on that basis.

      We hope that if you have feedback for Eden Foods, you’ll share it with them directly. Please know that we appreciate your feedback.
      Mike Silverman
      Whole Foods Market
      Global Communications

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carole Ryan SUNNYVALE, CA
      • about 5 hours ago

      Whole foods can help us women out. We need to stop rewarding businesses that are denying women the basic rights of health care.

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    • clare t NY, MA
      • 2 days ago

      Everyone should have basic rights

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    • Kourtney Maxin Williams NONE OF UR BUNISS, WA
      • 19 days ago

      i take birth control for acne. if u take a monthly pill or the shot to prevent pregnacy then thats not wrong... but abortion is.

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    • Neal McWhorter CHICAGO, IL
      • 24 days ago

      Companies have no business imposing their own morality on their employees.

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    • Bec W ROCKFORD, IL
      • 29 days ago

      My child needs prescription to combat the effects of polycystic ovaries. I cannot afford the expense of paying for the medication in whole while we are paying a high premium for health insurance. I have no doubt there are many women also facing these problems within your company.

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