To help us celebrate the Non-GMO Challenge, we’ve partnered with some of our incredible Education and Outreach sponsors to share why they make the commitment to source non-GMO ingredients every day. We are grateful for the hard work of over 3,000 brands that make the nourishing non-GMO products that our families love. Together, we are all co-creating a non-GMO food supply for future generations.
Today the Non-GMO Challenge spotlight is on Eden Foods! Michael Potter, the CEO of Eden, shares why Eden chooses to take the on the Challenge:
Foreseeing the commercialization of genetically engineered food, Eden Foods established a policy against genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) and their derivatives in food, beginning with the following letter to our patrons on 13 February 1993.
Dear EDEN Patrons,
The trend to commercialize genetically engineered food compels Eden Foods to assure you that we will not support or participate in this movement away from natural foods as they are manifest by Nature.
Please let this letter serve as our affidavit and your assurance that Eden Foods will not purchase or sell any food or food ingredient known to be genetically engineered, and that we will act to best ensure our avoidance of such.
You can depend upon Eden Foods to be diligent in avoiding any aspect of the commercialization of genetically engineered food. We object to the introduction of these foods for human consumption in any manner, for any reason. We are fundamentally opposed to these foods for moral, ethical, and practical reasons.
With more than twenty-four years in the natural foods industry, I remain unaware of any other food company that spends a greater percentage of its time or money to be certain of the growing, ingredients, and processing used for foods carrying its brand name.
Very truly yours
Michael J. Potter
Chairman and President
Nature is a great provider. We simply must keep man’s meddling and contamination of it to a minimum. At Eden we strive to educate and encourage our employees and patrons to be knowledgeable, questioning, proactive food buyers, as Eden Foods is.
There is great need for civil society to become caring about and involved in the kinds of food that the industry feeds us. Knowledge is power, and responsibility. If you know, you are forced to decide whether to be a part of the problem or part of the solution. Love is discerning. This helps to understand why folks are inclined to prevent themselves from becoming knowledgeable. Righteous indignation is upsetting. The criminal pollution of water, air, soil, food, and people is only possible while society remains blissfully ignorant and apathetic.
Genetically engineered flora designed to make toxins that kill life and poison the environment is insane. Disinformation, societally pervasive and perpetrated with enormous funding, continues because it works. Truth in advertising is long gone. Government agencies meant to look after the peoples’ well-being are diverted from this with disinformation and very big money to serve the misguided corporate interest of the founders, socially subjugating us in monoculture.
Help us repair, cultural diversity and restore purity in food, air, water, land and our spirits. Food is manifestation of spirit. How can we have healthy, free, joyous spirits if the environment and our food are toxic? The healthy spirit of society requires nourishment. Help us to discern and determine what is appropriate food for humanity.