Host a value-based 4th of July!

What if you had a conversation like this on the 4th of July?

 

“Hey, Uncle Jim, I’m glad you’re enjoying that beer. You know, it’s not only cold and refreshing, but the company that creates it provides equal healthcare to the partners of all of its employees, not just those in cisgender male-female marriages.

Doesn’t it taste even better now?”


Independence Day is one of those rare holidays that’s really about reveling in the fact that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves: a community of people who make up the United States of America. Regardless of whether or not we agree with political or international policies, the vast majority of us will get together with friends and family to eat, drink, and celebrate with things that sparkle and go boom.

One of our most charming shared characteristics is the deeply entrenched opinions and values we hold dear. In honor of Independence Day, a great number of us will exercise our First Amendment Right and share these opinions with anybody willing to listen. Normally, exclaiming our values during a festive gathering results in fisticuffs or forcible exit from the party. However, sharing food and drink created by companies that share your opinions about the world provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce your views to your fellow celebrators. You can express to them not only why your values not only have merit, but also that they can taste pretty good, too.

To help with your values-based shopping list and prepare you for sharing food, drink, and opinions during the holiday, we'd like to provide you with sample menus for supporting Gender Equality and Fighting Global Warming. We've included a variety of celebratory foods from a wide range of grocery stores, to make sure they’re accessible to everyone regardless of wallet size. 


Many of the companies listed below are large and well known.

They are often the companies with enough clout to lead in improving industry standards and normalizing progressive trends. However, shopping from smaller local producers - when they share your values - not only strengthens progressive initiatives, but also your local community. Just a reminder that there's more than one way to make a difference.

Gender Equality

The basis for identifying products that support gender equality are either those companies working to have more progressive policies towards gender equality and those companies that have women or individuals who identify as LGBTQIA in leadership positions (especially in the role of CEO).  Most of the products listed here are based on perfect and near perfect company scores awarded by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The one attribute of these companies that really separates them from other high-score recipients is their activism and advocacy for LGBTQIA rights.

Have a super-equal 4th!

Hot dogs

  • Applegate’s Organic (Hormel) – Hormel received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Ball Park Franks (Tyson)- Tyson received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Yves Tofu Dog (Hain-Celestial) – Hain-Celestial received a score of 90 from HRC.

Chicken

  • Market Pantry Organic Chicken (Target) – Target received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Tyson chicken (Tyson) – Tyson received a score of 100 from HRC.

Buns

  • Market Pantry hot dog buns (Target) Target received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Rudi’s buns (Hain-Celestial) – Hain-Celestial received a score of 90 from HRC.

Salad:

Earthbound Farms organic salads (White Wave Foods) – White Wave Foods received a 100 from HRC.

Chips

  • Jackson’s Honest Chips (Jackson’s Honest)– Woman founder/owner/CEO
  • Late July Chips (Late July)  – Woman founder/owner/CEO
  • Quinn Foods Chips (Quinn Foods) – Woman co-founder
  • Lays, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos (Frito Lay/PepsiCo) – PepsiCo received a score of 100 from HRC.

Potato Salad

Market Pantry potato salad (Target): Target received a score of 100 from HRC.

Ice Cream

  • Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (Unilever): Ben and Jerry’s is a very vocal supporter of LGBTQIA and women’s rights. Parent company Unilever received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Dreyers/Haagen Daas/Edy’s (Nestle): Nestle received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Market Pantry ice cream (Target): Target received a score of 100 from HRC.

Barbeque Sauce

  • Bull’s Eye (Kraft-Heinz) – Kraft-Heinz received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • KC Masterpiece (Clorox) – Clorox received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Original Organic Barbeque Sauce (Organicville Foods) - Woman founder/CEO

Ketchup

  • Heinz Ketchup (Kraft-Heinz) – Kraft-Heinz received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Hunt’s Ketchup (Conagra) – Conagra received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Annie’s Organic Ketchup (General Mills) – General Mills received a score of 100 from HRC.

Mustard

  • Heinz Mustard (Kraft-Heinz) – Kraft-Heinz received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Maile French Mustard (Unilever) – Unilever received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Annie’s Organic Yellow Mustard (General Mills) – General Mills received a 100 from HRC.

Beer

Budweiser, Michelob, Elysian, Goose Island, and Wicked Weed (Anheuser-Busch InBev) – Anheuser-Busch InBev received a score of 100 from HRC.

Drinks (non-alcoholic)

  • Pepsi, Gatorade, Lipton Iced Tea, Mountain Dew, Aquafina (PepsiCo) - PepsiCo received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Coke, Powerade, Honest Tea, Sprite, Dasani (Coca-Cola) – Coca-Cola received a score of 100 from HRC.
  • Sweet Leaf Iced Tea (Nestle) - Nestle received a score of 100 from HRC.

Global Warming (CO2 Emissions)

As a general rule, the carbon footprint of a food product is directly linked to the extent it is processed, packaged, transported, contains animal products, and grown with fertilizer and pesticides. The food products with the lowest CO2 emissions are generally locally produced, organic, vegan and relatively unprocessed. That said, there is more to addressing global warming than simply buying products with a low CO2 footprint, there is also advocacy and implementation of sustainability policies.

Light up a sparkler, not the Earth

Hot Dogs

  • Beef hot dogs are excluded because of their relatively high CO2 footprint as compared with most other meats.
  • Oscar Meyer Turkey Dogs (Kraft Heinz) – Kraft-Heinz is committed to decreasing its carbon emission by 15% by 2020.  Kraft-Heinz also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.
  • Organic Prairie Organic Pork Bratwurst (Organic Valley/Organic Prairie) – Organic Valley is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Field Roast Hot Dog (Field Roast) – Field Roast produces only vegan products with relatively low CO2 footprints. It may also be the tastiest vegan hotdog available.

Chicken

  • Market Pantry Organic Chicken (Target) – Target is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Organic Prairie organic chicken (Organic Valley/Organic Prairie) – Organic Valley is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Beast Burger (Beyond Meat): No, this isn’t chicken, but it is probably the best piece of grill-able faux meat widely available for purchase.  

Buns

  • Pepperidge Farms buns (Campbell’s) – Campbell’s is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Market Pantry hot dog buns (Target) – Target is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Ezekiel 4:9 buns (Food for Life Bakery) – Organic and vegan baked goods will generally have a relatively lower carbon footprint than ordinary versions.

Salad

  • Earthbound Farms organic salads (White Wave Foods) – White Wave Foods plants trees to try to offset its carbon emissions.
  • Buy produce for salads that are not pre-packaged. In general, the carbon footprint of your salad will be much lower if you buy fresh, forego the plastic bag, and buy produce that was harvested as close to where you purchase it as possible.

Chips

  • Lays, Ruffles, Doritos, Tostitos (Frito Lay/PepsiCo) – PepsiCo is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. PepsiCo also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.
  • Kettle Brand organic potato chips (Kettle Brand) – Kettle Brand focuses on using renewable sources of energy and converts its used vegetable oil into biofuel.
  • Dang chips (Dang Foods) – Dang Foods is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement. Dang Foods is also a B-Corp with rigorous environmental sustainability goals.

Potato Salad

Market Pantry potato salad (Target): See above for Target.

Ice Cream

  • Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (Unilever): Ben & Jerry’s is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement. It is also a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability.
  • Dreyers/Haagen Daas/Edy’s (Nestle): Nestle is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement. Nestle is also taking concrete actions to lower the company’s carbon footprint and mitigate its effect on climate change.
  • So Delicious Dairy Free ice cream (So Delicious): Vegan generally means a lower carbon footprint than dairy versions. So Delicious also has a corporate culture promoting environmental sustainability.

Barbeque Sauce

  • Organic Annie’s Original Barbeque Sauce (General Mills) – General Mills is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. General Mills is also a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Bull’s Eye (Kraft-Heinz) – Kraft-Heinz is committed to decreasing its carbon emission by 15% by 2020.  Kraft-Heinz also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.

Ketchup

  • Annie’s Organic Ketchup (General Mills) - General Mills is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. General Mills is also a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Heinz ketchup (Kraft-Heinz) - Kraft-Heinz is committed to decreasing its carbon emission by 15% by 2020.  Kraft-Heinz also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.

Mustard

  • Annie’s Organic Yellow Mustard (General Mills) - General Mills is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. General Mills is also a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Heinz yellow mustard (Kraft-Heinz) - Kraft-Heinz is committed to decreasing its carbon emission by 15% by 2020.  Kraft-Heinz also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.

Beer

  • Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale (Deschutes Brewery) – Deschutes Brewery is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewery) – Sierra Nevada Brewery is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Heady Topper (Alchemist Brewery) – Alchemist Brewery is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement.

Drinks (non-alcoholic)

  • Pepsi, Gatorade, Lipton Iced Tea, Mountain Dew, Aquafina (PepsiCo) - PepsiCo is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. PepsiCo also frequently donates to organizations trying to tackle global warming.
  • Coke, Powerade, Honest Tea, Sprite, Dasani (Coca-Cola) – Coca-Cola is a member of the Ceres Company Network, a group dedicated to sustainability. Coca-Cola also supports several initiatives to tackle global warming.
  • Sweet Leaf Iced Tea (Nestle) - Nestle is a signatory to the letter of commitment to continue working towards Paris Agreement goal of combatting climate change despite USA’s withdrawal from the agreement. Nestle is also taking concrete actions to lower the company’s carbon footprint and mitigate its effect on climate change.

As always, we would love to hear from you - how do you incorporate your values into your 4th of July? what are your favorite celebratory dishes? tell us in the comments!

Edgar Mason