Skip to comments.Eden Foods CEO: “I’M NOT IN YOUR BEDROOM. OBAMA IS IN YOUR BEDROOM”
Posted on 04/19/2013 4:04:42 PM PDT by oneprolifewoman
I have a new hero: Eden Foods founder and CEO Michael Potter. Eden Foods is an organic company popular among the crunchy, liberal crowd which has filed suit against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate. Potter is getting slammed over it, thanks in part to a hit piece last week in Salon magazine which publicized the suit and framed Potter as a man with an anti-birth control agenda.
Dont waste your time on the original article. Instead, enjoy the refreshing quotes from the no nonsense, plain-speaking Mr. Potter in Salons follow-up piece from Monday relating a telephone conversation between Potter and Salon writer Irin Carmen.
Ive got more interest in good quality long underwear than I have in birth control pills, Potter told Carmen. Then he elaborated:
I dont care if the federal government is telling me to buy my employees Jack Daniels or birth control. What gives them the right to tell me that I have to do that? Thats my issue, thats what I object to, and thats the beginning and end of the story .Im not trying to get birth control out of Rite Aid or Wal-Mart, but dont tell me I gotta pay for it. Rock on, M.P.!
When Carmen pressed Potter using the fallacy that the mandate doesnt cover abortion but only contraception, Potter responded this way:
Its a morass
Im not an expert in anything. Im not the pope. Im in the food business. Im qualified to have opinions about that and not issues that are purely womens issues. I am qualified to have an opinion about what health insurance I pay for.
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This is a fabulous example of how the social wing and the libertine wing of the conservative movement can join together. I congratulate the FPC for publishing this and publicizing this, even though the CEO of Edens Foods hardly sounds like a social conservative warrior. This is the recipe folks!
Agree 100% with Potter. This is not a religious argument, it’s an argument over the power and jurisdiction of the fedguv. Do they or do they not have the power and jurisdiction to tell a private individual how to compensate an employee? I say no. Do they have the lower to tell a private company what services they must offer? I say no.
This CEO articulated the issue perfectly. Many seem more comfortable just addressing it from the religious perspective but I’ve always objected to the idea that the federal government can dictate what benefits a company will offer or not. It is bad enough that corporations and small businesses have been turned into virtual extensions of the federal government where tax collection etc are concerned but this kind of thing takes it far further. I’m not familiar with Eden Foods but I’ve become a regular customer of Wholefoods after their brave CEO spoke out and we frequent HobbyLobby so I’ll be checking out Eden Foods. We need to reward those companies that stand up for liberty.
YEP. Rick Santorum, heed please......
BTTT!!! I love their seasoning salt, Gomasio, and plan to find as many other products of theirs as I can. No soy though, shudders.
Dear Lord, please share your strength.
I’m hardly part of the “liberal, crunchy crowd”, and I eat their products.
Let's just say none of them have a conservative bone in their bodies, nor is this a particularly nice human being.
I applaud what he's saying here (I even know why he's saying it, but it's not because he's a conservative), but even Howard Zinn said one or two things that were correct.
Very interesting insight. Sorry to hear that’s the case, and whether he meant it or not, it is a road map for how socons and libertines can and should work together on issues....
Perhaps Mr Potter is being squeezed with having more than 50 employees and is now having second thoughts, because he isn't the deep thinker that the CEO of Whole Foods is.
The greens are blinded by red, and on occasion blunder on to the truth.......which is likely what he has done......
It is shocking to learn that so much of it is naivete....maybe that’s why Potter was so angry and frustrated. Maybe he really is having a “come to Jesus” moment....
Whole Foods carries a lot of Eden Foods products. One benefit is their canned foods do NOT have BPA linings.
I'd like to believe you're right, but have my doubts.
I just saw that on the website. I ordered some directly anyway. Its absolutely crazy seeing some of the posts on the Eden Foods facebook. The Sandra Fluke Crowd are out like zombies to fresh meat. It looks like they are failing though.
I won’t touch anything with gmo soy in it (90%) now thanks to Monsanto.
But I will defend this dope’s right not to follow bambi on this issue!
Many (all?) of Eden Foods products are organic which means no GMO anything.
Easy to agree with the above...
I beg to differ. If they contain soybean oi , they are GMO. There are currently NO standards for labelling GMO foods. Sure bets...anything with soy,sugar beet, cotton and Bt insecticide sprayed food..Although bT is still regarded as “safe”
Only by silly people.l
The standards for organic certification exclude genetic modification just as they exclude pesticides, herbicides and the like.
Our understanding is the processing of soy in this country makes it unfit for consumption.
Men’s hormones - believe you are probably correct.
Overly breast development in young boys, for one
The worst is giving soy formulas to babies.
I never did like Tofu anyway, yuk.
I hope he doesn’t back down. He’s getting a lot of flack from the Fluke types on the FB page.
You are absolutely right on in what you said in #10 & other
replies. But given the ongoing polarization surrounding all these hot-button, or “wedge” issues, there is a subtlety that is beyond all those on both sides that militates against a
“coming-together” in common cause on these issues. Doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried , though. It will be a very gradual process, assuming it happens at all: a matter o$ perception both sides have to come to: and yes, Rick Santorum, and all other rigid ideologues, take heed!
It’s this fellow - and other amoral people like him - who’ve gotten us into this mess of wickedness. And I’m supposed to cheer for him? Or worse, join forces with him??
Why? So together we can draw the line where HE wants it??
No, thank you. Let him stand up for what’s right and I’ll be standing there beside him. Let him come and make common cause with US for a change.
The devil is come to claim his due from cowards like Potter. (And all I get is a smile from the irony.)
Well the man is standing up for what’s right and is speaking what is right this time. It doesn’t mean one has to embrace everything about the man nor his personal politics but when someone steps out and dares speak out so forcibly then we are fools not to stand with him. If we are to take the position that we should stand aside while stones are thrown at a man seeming to have opened his eyes to the insanity that is government intrusion into business and personal then we get what we deserve when we find ourselves standing alone. The greatest weapon of evil in this modern world is the convincing of good people that they should remain silent and inactive in the face of it.
When he stands up to defend unborn babies, he’ll notice lots of others manning the same line. But no, he wants a line that’s indefensible. And you’re asking good people to move and try to help him hold it?
The libertarians, the anti-socons, the Akin- and Santorum-haters sell out the good people of this country any time they can gain from it. They’ll strike a deal and switch sides for a buck. They sowed the wind, and now they complain about the harvest.
Let’em eat it.
I do everything that I can humanly do to avoid all of the above for my family, including growing my own.
Supporting this guy on this issue where we all agree doesn’t mean that any of us are totally endorsing everything he believes in.
If you refuse to support someone who agrees with you about one conservative issue, while the liberals are viciously attacking that person for having slightly conservative views, I guarantee you that all that’s going to happen is that the person is going to cave into the pressure from the rabid liberals and conservative views will continue to be totally socially unacceptable. What good is that?
If you try to encourage people when they do show some signs of coming around to your view, then I think that makes it far more likely that you will actually see some of the results you want.
Yeah, I just went to see the facebook posts. It’s disturbing to see so many people ranting against something when they don’t even seem to understand what they’re talking about...like all the people screaming about how the CEO is impairing “a woman’s right to choose!” or “access to health care” without seeming to understand that women DO have a choice to PAY FOR THE BIRTH CONTROL THEMSELVES.
That is very good. I wish you well in your endeavors.
” Maybe he really is having a come to Jesus moment....”
More likely, his ox got gored : )
Here are a couple of excerpts from an article about soymilk by Dr. Al Sears:
Recent science suggests soy isoflavones are dangerous to your health.That imbalance affects women as well as men.
Isoflavone isnt actually a single substance, but a category of substances. Isoflavones include "phyto-estrogens," plant-based compounds that mimic the female hormone. Eat enough of these and youll upset your bodys hormonal balance.
Societies that depend heavily on soy-based foods use traditional preparation methods thousands of years old that neutralize or eliminate these poisons. Tempeh, miso, natto, and soy sauce are fermented products. The fermentation process destroys the toxins. Tofu comes from the pressed curds of the soybean. The rest is thrown out and the bad stuff along with it.Dr. Sears has other articles about soy. Another good source of information about the reasons to avoid unfermented soy is Dr. Joseph Mercola's site. He has a section of his site devoted to the subject of soy. And as acapesket touched upon earlier, soy is one of the most heavily genetically modified crops in the U.S.
Compare this with the industrial processes that go into making soymilk: washing the beans in alkaline or boiling them in a petroleum-based solvent; bleaching, deodorizing, and pumping them full of additives; heat-blasting and crushing them into flakes; and then mixing them with water to make milk.
This only adds more dangerous chemicals without removing any of soys natural toxins. This is NOT a dietary staple in China, Indonesia, or any other country. And it shouldnt be here, either.
...well you may be right, but the two are not mutually exclusive.
The Sandra Flukes of the world are out in full force on their FB page...but thankfully some liberty minded folks are showing up too:
Massive fan of Dr.M’s! We eat fermented foods at least 3 times a week (not our favorites!) Thanks for the link! I find most Friends to be very reactive to my non GMO views..it’s a shame.
Sorry for the late reply : /
That is my understanding as well, and due to it’s estrogenic properties, it can’t be to good for ANYONE except post menopausal women, and for them, many sources say it must be fermented. Yet it is being marketed as healthy for everyone from infants on up : o
Eek : \
May God bless,
Good information for the uninformed to read.
I should have added if soy is organic or fermented, it is okay to consume.
We get a host of monthly newsletters from
Not Sears, but we know of him.
Can’t remember what Tofu tastes like.
Except if one favors using it, I believe it can be cut up small and thrown in with sauces, gravies, etc., and be well integrated!
There is nutritive value in organic or fermented soy.
It’s a feminist conspiracy I tell ya.
Lol! Well, from the aspect of feminizing men, it might sound good to ‘em, but in regard to infants or young females, it has the potential to intensify a whole heck of a lot of physical/emotional issues : o As in - “Just do as I say, and hand over the chocolate, so no one gets hurt.” ; }
As I said before - EEEK!
Do take care, and may God bless you FRiend :)
The only time I have used it is in Chicken Chowmien. Soysouce.
Understood, but the scariest part is that it is in so many processed foods! It certainly pays, (and tastes a whole lot better too ;) to put down the box, and find your own good recipe!
Take care FRiend, and may God keep watch over us all.
I wonder how the media would handle this if a Muslim owner objected to paying for contraception.