Sound Consumer
September 2014

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The Assault Against Organics

by Kari Hamerschlag and Stacy Malkan

The media recently has published several high-profile articles challenging the superiority of organics. They're spreading wrong information and misrepresenting the truth. What's behind the attacks?


Changes in milk choices

PCC has replaced Smith Brothers and Liberty brands of milk with local, organic milk after learning Smith and Liberty are produced using ionophores, a class of antibiotics.


Congress urged to reject 2,4-D herbicide

Fifty members of Congress sent a letter to the USDA and EPA opposing new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soy and the Dow Chemical herbicide, Enlist Duo™, a new mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.


We're nuts for nut butters!

Nut and seed butters provide loads of nutrition and flavor in delicious, creamy (or crunchy!) form. Whether you’re a cashew lover, prefer pecans or pumpkin seeds, or go wild for walnuts, here’s a sampling of what you’ll find at PCC.


Protect Bristol Bay Salmon

Take a minute to send a letter to EPA urging it to move forward to protect Bristol Bay, home of one of the world's largest wild salmon runs, from proposed mining.


Letters to editor

Seedless watermelon · Safe produce protocol · Drought and bottled water · Customer service · Petitioners outside stores · Smart meters · Sewage sludge


News bites

NOSB lawsuit · Organic in restaurants? · Air pollution hurts bees · Sugar industry obscures science   · High-mercury fish for schools?  · GE salmon risks · Dark chocolate for blood flow · El Salvador pressured to buy GE seeds · Cloned horses to race? · EPA to block Alaskan mine


Save the Bee

Purchase GloryBee honey — available in jars and bulk — on sale this month at PCC. A portion of sales go to research aimed at solving Colony Collapse Disorder.


Zucchini Fries

Recipes from the September 2014 issue

Fun family Recipes

It’s back-to-school season — time for quick, nutritious dishes to pack in lunchboxes or whip up for an easy dinner or after-school snack.


No antibiotics for organic apples and pears

by Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs

All PCC organic apples and pears are produced without tetracycline — even though it was allowed by organic standards.


Bhutan going 100-percent organic

by Joel Preston Smith and Eli Penberthy

Bhutan could become the first country in the world to go 100-percent organic in its food production, part of the country’s decision to measure and improve Gross National Happiness.


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about Washington's expected record apple crop, the impacts of a raging wildfire season on Northwest agriculture, and drones spying on farms!


Your co-op community

PCC grant winner · Puget Sound Blood Center drives · Tilth Harvest Fair · Women of Wonder Run · Bicycle Sunday · Alaffia bike drives · 2014 Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival · Feast with Friends · Rewards of Fair Trade


PCC Board of Trustees report

Board meeting report · PCC Farmland Trust · Next board meeting


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