Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Micro Protest

Nowadays when we come across a company whose policies we fundamentally disagree with, if possible we try to express our displeasure by not buying its products.

Call it a micro yet satisfying protest.

Which brings me EdenSoy Milk

From Salon...
The slogan for Eden Foods, which describes itself as the “oldest natural and organic food company in North America,” is “creation and maintenance of purity in food.” Its CEO and founder, Michael Potter, has been prominent in debates over labeling of organic food and GMOs. But the company has been quietly seeking in court another form of purity — to Catholic doctrine about sex being solely for procreation. That goes not just for Potter, but for all 128 of his employees. 
That is, Eden Foods has 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 alleges that its rights have been violated under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. 
Eden Foods, which did not respond to a request for comment, says in its filing that the company believes of birth control that these procedures almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.”
"...immoral and unnatural practices." Huh?

Unfortunately, EdenSoy has been our go to soy milk for years. 

What to do?

After a little research, it turns out that it's either easy or very easy to make soy milk. Given my type B personality, I went with the very easy approach.  It only requires two ingredients: milk and water but you can add whatever else you want...vanilla, honey, sugar, malt, etc.

So was it as good as the store bought soy milk? 

After two attempts the answer is a definite no.  Not even close.  It's not nearly as creamy, has a slight graininess, and tastes fairly beany. But all was not lost, we ditched the soy milk making -- for now -- and moved onto making almond milk, which is just as easy, and tastes a lot better.  There are added benefits to making your own milk: you never run out, it's fresh, it's a lot cheaper, you know what is in it, and your not adding packaging to landfills.

Adios EdenSoy!
Update: A follow-up Salon article regarding a phone conversation with the CEO of Eden Soy is an interesting read.

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