If you’re a certain kind of hippy-dippy, über-crunchy, lefty pinko mom of particular socioeconomic status, you probably ingest (and perhaps most importantly, serve to your children) some kind of organic food product.
You don’t go the full Paltrow, of course, but you try, and you try because you care: about your family’s health, about Big Ag, about the environment, about everything. This is why liberals are called bleeding hearts–we care. We are sensitive not only to the lactose in cow’s milk, but also to the myriad injustices of the world. We don’t just care, we ache, dammit! We so want to do the Right Thing, especially at the breakfast table.
We also read Salon.com in large numbers. I know I’m not the only mom who gagged on her chocolate soymilk & coffee yesterday morning when she read this headline from the site: ORGANIC EDEN FOODS’ QUIET RIGHT WING AGENDA
Irin Carmon writes that Eden Foods is on the list of companies suing the Obama Administration for the contraceptive coverage requirements in the Afforable Care Act–quite surprising for a biz that started as a hippy-dippy, über-crunchy co-op 45 years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I mean, it’s no shocker that an Oklahoma-based craft supply store might raise a fuss such things, but would you ever imagine phrases like THESE:
- “The Affordable Care Act…attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church”
- “The Affordable Care Act’s contraception, abortion, and abortifacient mandate violates the rights of Plaintiffs”
- “Plaintiff has never offered insurance which included coverage for contraception and abortifacients”
- “Plaintiffs believe and teach that ‘any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation, whether as an end or as a means’—including contraception, abortifacients, and abortion—is immoral and unnatural”
…coming from a hippy-dippy, über-crunchy organic foods company?! That started in the late ’60s in a college town? One imagines their original clientele had more problems with the immorality of deodorant than with non-procreative sex.
Just who does Eden Foods CEO Michael Potter think his customer base is? Let me give him a hint. It looks less like this:
…and Gwyneth, for all of her annoying organic macrobiotic gluten-free GOOPiness, is a loud and proud supporter of Planned Parenthood.
Happily, I do not drink Edensoy in my coffee, preferring the creamy deliciousness of Silk Light Chocolate Soymilk every morning. Instructed not to buy it from Whole Foods, I get it from the co-op we joined a year ago, or when I’m in a hurry, from my local Cub, which has a fully unionized workforce. I CARE.
Just to be on the safe side, though, I thought I’d give Silk a Google to see what came up.
I guess I’ll be taking my (shade-grown, fair trade) coffee black from now on.