Principles - Issues
Government, biotech companies, and agribusiness want everyone to settle for the lowest common denominator when it comes to food. The good news is that Eden provides an alternative. The following articles have been written or gathered by Eden in hopes of promoting awareness and informed choices.
- Insight into Biodynamic Farming and Farm Products'Biodynamic' is the name of agricultural systems that accept Nature's energy in order to work with it, a synthesis of science and spirituality. It is farming systems based on lectures of the 1920s by an Austrian philosopher, Mr. Rudolf Steiner 1862 - 1925.
- Eden Pioneered Bisphenol-A (BPA) Avoidance in April 1999Authenically organic EDEN Beans, Refried Beans, Chili, and Rice & Beans come in steel cans lined with an enamel that do not contain the endocrine disrupter chemicals bisphenol-A (BPA) or bisphenol-S (BPS)
- A Plea For BeesWe rely on bees for food production. They are essential pollinators, yet pervasive toxic chemicals are killing them off. The millions of tons of toxins being put into the environment must come to an end. It's life or death.
- The Hundredth MonkeyOnce a critical mass of awareness is achieved, it then permeates a universal consciousness shared by us all.
- Unintended Health Risks Linked to Irradiated FoodIrradiation induced chemical by-products found in ground beef, and many other foods "treated" with radiation, may increase the risks of colon cancer, DNA damage, etc.
- EDEN Traditional Japanese Macrobiotic Foods receive an enormous effort, adjustments, and layers of testing for assurances after the ongoing Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Radiation Food Safety UpdatesEden Foods continued, and greatly expanded food safety measures to address the epic disaster at Fukushima and potential radiation contamination of our food from this tragic cataclysm and the fiasco that continues.
- EDEN Japanese Macrobiotic Food - What has been done to implement effective Nuclear Radiation Food SafetyEden has been supplying traditional Japanese foods for forty-six years. We eat them, share them with children and grandchildren. Our vigorous response to the ongoing nuclear meltdowns monitors how they impact food, and looks after the wellbeing of all of us.
- The Alarming Truths about GMOs by Dr. Mercola
- Wisdom is Love in DiscerningPresident's Letter — 1 June 2016
- Genetically Engineered Crops Ruin SoilResearch from New York University shows that active Bt toxins genetically engineered into crops accumulate in soil.
- Dangers of Genetically Engineered FoodsWho gave the biotech companies the right to threaten our food and environment?
- Eden President on Genetically Engineered FoodResponding to genetically engineered organisms as food, Michael Potter, Eden Foods' president, established a policy on 13 February 1993 keeping these substances out of EDEN brand food.
- The History of MacrobioticsExtracts from the book 'Basic Macrobiotics' by Herman Aihara, 1920-1998
- Testimony of Eden Foods President Michael Potter before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)Michael Potter, Eden Foods' chairman and president, testifies before the National Organic Standards Board in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 22 May 2012.
- Who Owns Organic?Charts of corporate ownership of organic foods reveal how organic brands are tied with the biggest food processors in North America. Another chart shows the remaining independent organic food companies, Eden Foods being a notable one.
- Constellation of Organic ValuesYes, organic food has additional value for both farmers and consumers, but those values are not "added." They are inherent in Nature and organic agriculture production and management systems.
- The NewsAs news of late is focused on corrupt influence peddlers in our Federal government, and the bills that make their way through Congress have hundreds of earmarks (funding or legal authorization for special interests) attached, isn't it sad that the Organic Trade Association (OTA) chose to become one of them?
- Organic and Then SomeIf the organic label loses its meaning, farmers with higher standards will have to devise new ones.
- Communiqué on OTA's Consistent Work to Weaken Organic StandardsWhile big agribusiness and some OTA members have spoken in favor of the OTA's actions, Eden Foods strongly objects.
- Organic Food: Superior in Every WayEvidence and discussion in the media
- Why Eden Foods chooses not to use the USDA organic sealThough all EDEN organic food is grown, handled, processed, and certified in a way that meets and exceeds the requirements for using the 'USDA Organic' seal, Eden Foods chooses not to use this seal on its product labels or marketing materials.
Third Party Certifications
Eden Foods uses professional third-party organizations to inspect, certify and help improve safety, security, and food purity systems. Systems and documentation for food handling companies continues evolving. Partnering with resourceful and reputable professionals deepens our strength. Their services help us in our pricipled pursuit of the finest quality food we can procure and share. They help to manage standards compliance for organic, natural, non-GMO, pure & purifying authenticity, as well as excellence in food safety and good manufacturing practices. You can view and download these certifications: BRC, OCIA, Non-GMO Project, OK Laboratories, AIB International, and C-TPAT. In addition to this overseeing and coaching, we participate in government agency inspections and programs of the FDA, USDA, Michigan Department of Agriculture, OSHA, MIOSHA, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities.
BRC Food Safety Certification
British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a renowned Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark food safety system. It is true third-party certification. BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program for food and beverage with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies. Developed by packaging and product safety experts in 1998, the BRC Global Standard is based on a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety management plan and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). BRC Global Standards are divided into seven areas: Senior Management Commitment and Continual Improvement, The Food Safety Plan, Food Safety and Quality Management System, Site Standards, Product Control, Process Control, and Personnel. The BRC Food Safety system guarantees uniformity of quality, safety and operational criteria, and ensures that manufacturers fulfill their legal obligations and provide protection to the consumer. The BRC Global Standard for food safety is generally considered fundamental requirements of food manufacturers at leading retailers in Europe and North America.
OCIA International Organic Certification
A reputable organic certifier, the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) is a non-profit dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services. OCIA has been Eden's primary organic certifier for more than three decades.
Non-GMO Project Certification
The Non-GMO Project (The Project) was created by industry members from all of its sectors in the U.S. and Canada. The Project provides a third party non-GMO verification program through the entire supply chain to provide verified non-GMO alternatives to the consumer. Eden Foods' president has been on its board of directors since 2008, serves on its executive committee, and has served as treasurer.
As of today, Eden has enrolled 161 foods that have all been verified as compliant with the Non-GMO Project Standard, 99 U.S. food labels and 62 Canadian.
Organized Kashrus Laboratories Kosher Certification
Eden has certified foods Kosher for almost 40 years. Over 97 percent of EDEN foods are kosher certified. Eden chose the Organized Kosher Laboratories of New York, NY and their 'circle k' mark because of their reputation for authenticity and exacting detail dating back to 1935.
AIB International Food Safety Certification
Eden has been a member with AIB International since 2001. Serving the food industry since 1919, AIB is committed to the strictest standards of food safety and conducts rigorous independent inspections, audits, and staff training. AIB used to mean “American Institute of Baking.”
U.S. Customs & Border Protection C-TPAT Security Certification
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a government-business cooperative initiative to strengthen food and border security. Since 2005 Eden has been certified by U.S. Customs. The partnership helps maintain the integrity of security practices and to standardize security standards and practices with our trading partners.