The Greene Hill Food Co-Op is debating whether or not it should ban a soy milk company that hates ObamaCare. Michael Potter, the CEO of Eden Foods, is suing the Obama administration because it will force the company's health care plan to cover birth control. According to Potter, that isn't his responsibility.
Potter was very candid when Salon approached him about the matter, asking "What gives them the right to tell me that I have to do that? ...I’m not trying to get birth control out of Rite Aid or Wal-Mart, but don’t tell me I gotta pay for it.”
One co-op member, who was clearly disgusted by Potter's explanation, went in:
Do we as a coop want to buy from vendors from whom we have reasonable evidence that they treat their workers fairly? The willful exclusion of insurance coverage for an entire class of items that is BASIC HEALTH CARE for many women constitutes inequitable treatment of workers at Eden. If the Coop's mandate is limited to the provision of local/sustainable/organic food, then a continued relationship with Eden would be decided on the basis of sales alone. If, on the other hand, worker justice is a component of our consideration for whether or not to support a particular vendor, this would seem to exclude a future relationship with Eden.
However, other members have proposed the idea of leaving the product on the shelf for a trial, then deciding on whether or not to remove it if people don't buy it. This is clearly deeper than soy milk.