When asked Wednesday evening on an Italian radio show if he would consider using a same-sex couple in an advertisement, Barilla Chairman Guido Barilla responded that he believes LGBT-headed households do not reflect a “classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.” The homophobe then went on to challege the LGBT community, saying, “If gays don’t like it, they can go eat another brand.”
Consumers have the power to vote with their dollar and send a message to companies that practice corporate social responsibility. Barilla pasta does not come out as one that agrees with equal rights for everyone. We have found some other pasta companies that will help you with your carb cravings tonight. A few included are from the HRC’s list and we have added our favorites on top-
Whole Foods 365 brand and Walmart has the Good Value brand with whole wheat elbow pasta. There are also tons of great pasta at Whole Foods including Vita Spelt and De Boles. Maybe even ones sold at Trader Joes or Target below. Although I am not too fond of Target lately after their political donations to extremists on the right. Basically if you pick any pasta that is not from Barilla or Eden you should be fine as long as it is healthy and not bleached pasta with no nutrients.
Market Pantry from Target Corp, 100 CEI score
Target scored a 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index in 2012. Go ahead and serve yourself a heaping spoonful of their store-brand pasta, Market Pantry, without the guilt of supporting LGBT inequality.
Chef Boyardee from ConAgra Foods, 95 CEI score
Relive your childhood with a bowlful of Chef Boyardee from ConAgra Food, a 95 percenter on the CEI, and tell yourself, “Thank goodness for Chef Boyardee.”
DeBoles and Rosetta pastas from Hain Celestial Group, 90 CEI score
Hain Celestial Group, the parent company that owns both Rosetto and DeBoles, scored a 90 percent on the CEI. Hain Celebrial Group focuses on natural and organic foods, so it’s good for your health, too.
Macaroni Grill from General Mills, 100 CEI score
And if you find yourself in the mood for carbs on-the-go, why not opt for Macaroni Grill? This 100 percenter is owned by General Mills, a long time supporter of LGBT equality.
HRC’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees.
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