Sound Consumer archive
February 2003


Fair Trade Chocolate

A thoughtful luxury

by Alicia Lundquist Guy

When asked what foods I most desire, fresh fruit at the peak of its season usually comes to mind first. But the quiet ruler of my culinary orchestra is chocolate — deep, earthy, grounding — like the bass thumping away in the background, keeping the beat.


Eat chocolate for heart health?

(source: Prevention magazine) New research suggests that chocolate might rank as a heart-healthy food. The findings come from experiments at two universities ...


A few new grape varieties for the maritime Northwest

by David Johnson, Crop Horticulturist

As spring season approaches, many people will visit their local garden center or chain store to look for fruit and berry plants. Unfortunately, many of the varieties offered are not at all suited to our marine climate. ... There are alternative sources ...


Natural products to lower blood pressure

by Michael T. Murray, N.D.

It is estimated that high blood pressure (hypertension) directly kills more than 50,000 people in the United States each year and contributes to another 200,000+ deaths a year. Suffice it to say, high blood pressure is something that needs to be taken very seriously.


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Saving farmland: in praise of our common wealth

by Jody Aliesan, PCC Farmland Fund President and Operating Officer

Features in this issue: Choice Organic Teas pledges 10 cents per box to farmland, An aunt's gift becomes a $10,000 loan for farmland, Diamond Dry gives 10 percent to help save farmland, and the Donor Roster for December 1 – 31, 2002.


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