Sound Consumer archive
February 2006


Image of butter and a tablepoon of oil, cover artwork for February 2006 Sound Consumer

The surprising truth about saturated fats

by Cherie Calbom, M.S.

Drastically reducing saturated fats from the modern diet has not solved our health problems. Obesity is at an all-time high as is heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. With companion article, "Wise dietary choices."


Farmer in lettuce field

Food and farming alert - WSU's BioAg program

by Maryon Attwood, Director, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

By the end of the state legislative session on March 9, we’ll know if the Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Framing (BIOAg) program will be funded by the state legislature.


Salmon Safe eco-label

Salmon-Safe eco-label gains momentum

by Larry Nussbaum

A new eco-label is appearing in PCC stores and around Puget Sound. It’s the “Salmon-Safe” seal of approval and it indicates that an independent third-party certifies a farmer is farming in a fish-friendly way, protecting water quality and habitat for salmon.


Chocolate and the taint of child slavery

by Leanne Skooglund Hofford

Five years ago, media investigations revealed that some cocoa farmers in West Africa were using forced child labor to cultivate and harvest their cocoa beans. Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa and the reports described children there toiling long hours with no pay and little food or sleep.


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