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by Michele Simon, JD, MPH
High-tech startups are aiming to revolutionize the food system by creating meat, egg and dairy substitutes derived from plant compounds or cultured animal tissue. They can expect legal and political obstacles.
PCC is pleased to announce a new partnership with SunFed Ranch, which provides our stores with 100-percent grass-fed beef. We offer both non-organic and organic.
PCC carries eggs raised a variety of ways — "cage-free," "organic," "omega-3" and "pastured." PCC's high standards are rare: nationwide, only 6 percent of the 350 million egg-laying hens are cage-free. Learn about the brands we carry and the health benefits of pastured eggs.
An egg — fried, poached, or sunnyside-up, with a dab of butter and a shake of salt — is alone such a simple, delicious pleasure. But an egg's appeal sometimes is elevated higher with just a few extra ingredients. Here we present four easy recipes with flavor combinations you likely haven't thought to try. They're all savory, so are sure to satisfy for a light lunch or dinner.
by Charlotte Vallaeys
When buying eggs, animal welfare is an important consideration for most consumers. The welfare and living conditions of laying hens can vary substantially and the labels on the cartons — "cage-free," "free-range," or "pasture-raised" — lets us know the kind of farm the eggs are from.
This month our produce department is in full summer swing, with organic stone fruit including apriums, apricots, plums and pluots coloring the shelves.
See what products our staff recommends this month, from the spicy PCC Thai Steak Salad, to organic, grass-fed yogurt, to an intensely moisturizing hand cream great for gardeners. Plus much more!
From May 1 to 31, PCC is donating 5 percent of all PCC Kids Picks product sales (up to a total of $10,000) to Seattle Children's programs that educate youth and families about nutrition. Your purchase of Kid Picks products this month directly benefit Fit 4 You, an obesity prevention program in Seattle's Central District, and ACT!, an outreach program for families in King, Snohomish and Thurston counties.
Learn about how weather will impact cherries, how Washington's snowpack will impacts harvests, the rise of "Paleo," honeybee economics and more.
PCC's top-rated canned tuna · Nutrition panel: less sugar · Cheese dust is not food · Glyphosate carcinogenic · Worldwide water crisis · California's dangerous drought · Cocoa good for aging brain · Farm labor woes · Obama combats illegal fishing · Non-GMO popularity growing · Titanium dioxide concerns · Palm oil deforestation