Sound Consumer archive
September 2004


Image of corn with Rx symbol in the kernals, cover artwork for September 2004 Sound Consumer

Farming the future at WSU — genetic engineering vs. sustainable agriculture

by Bonnie Rice, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, and Erika Schreder, Washington Toxics Coalition

The future of agriculture in Washington is in many ways dependent on the actions and programs at Washington State University, the state's main public agricultural research and education institution.


Hand holding grain

A primer on biopharming

Biopharm crops are plants that are genetically engineered to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals. The most frequently used host plant is corn, followed by soy, tobacco and rice.These crops are altered, in some cases with human genes, to produce a variety of products.


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Farm Aid brings support for family farms to Washington

Farm Aid artists Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp will play a concert to benefit family farmers on Saturday, September 18 at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn. This is the first time Farm Aid has ventured west of the Rockies ...


Salmon Safe logo - new eco-label appearing on Washington produce.

The Salmon Safe label

There's a new eco-label from Oregon that's starting to appear on Washington produce grown safe for salmon. The label is coming from an organization based in Portland, Ore., called Salmon Safe, a nonprofit devoted to restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so salmon can spawn and thrive.


Sustainability at PCC Measuring progress, setting goals

Sustainability profile

It's no secret that sustainability is a central part of PCC's mission. After all, PCC stores are full of organic and natural foods that are good for our health and the environment. Beyond the obvious, though, PCC is also involved in a wide variety of broader sustainability efforts.


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Celebrate an organic harvest

This month's report includes Fish Brewing Company's in-store product donation during September, Western Washington's Harvest Celebration Day, Farmland Fund highlights and the donor roster for July 1 – 31, 2004.


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