PCC Sound Consumer September 2008 | PCC Natural Markets

Sound Consumer archive
September 2008

Man in field

Pesticides and food

Flying blind

by Dr. Chuck Benbrook

What pesticides are used on what food crops? What residues remain when the crops go to market and how risky are those residues? And what about the vulnerable amongst us — are we fully protecting pregnant women, infants and children, and the elderly? Worrisome evidence that even minute levels of pesticides in food can impair human development has driven demand for organic foods.

Sketch of store

PCC opens ninth store in Edmonds

Opening day September 3

by Trudy Bialic, Editor

One of the most wonderful things about opening a new store is joining a new community and getting to know the people. We expect our newest store in Edmonds will attract many new members, but thousands of members already live in the north end.

cereal box

A sustainable agriculture label: coming to foods near you?

by Joel Preston Smith

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) of Emeryville, Calif., is pushing for the adoption of a sustainable agriculture label as a U.S. standard for food and other products. Some farmers, producers, certifiers and consumer advocacy groups fear this proposed label will confuse U.S. consumers as they drift through supermarkets.


Recipes from September issue

From the Italian for pumpkin (zucca), zucchini are the quintessential Northwest late summer squash. Try these tasty recipes from PCC Cooks instructors: Fritelle di Zucchini (Zucchini Fritters) · Frittata di Zucchini (Italian Frittata with Zucchini) · Luscious Layers. And for green bean lovers: Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs


Natural sweeteners: Sweet enough!

by Goldie Caughlan, PCC Nutrition Education Manager

When asked to recommend “the healthiest sweetener,” I always cringe because it sounds like a seeker looking for the Holy Grail. I hate to break it to them, but in my view a) it’s the wrong quest and b) there is no one “best” sweetener.


Notes from the Cellar

On soul

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser

They make it look — and sound — so easy. But then, when it comes from the depths of your soul, it really is easy, no matter how much you had to woodshed to hone those chops.

green beans

Seasonal produce

Everyone’s favorite green beans

Loaded with nutrients and low in calories (only 40 calories per cup), green beans are a welcome staple of the late summer harvest. As with corn, the flavor of green beans depends greatly on the degree of freshness. Includes a recipe for Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs.

Celebrate Organic Harvest Month!

There’s not a better time than September to be living in the Pacific Northwest where the local supply of organic fruits and vegetables are varied and abundant.


Ames Creek Farm tour: peak of the season

by Kristin Vogel, Office and Outreach Coordinator
PCC Farmland Trust

This article talks about the upcoming King County Harvest Celebration Farm Tour on September 27, 2008. Ames Creek Farm will be part of the tour and PCC is a major sponsor. Also discussed is a new donation program, the Farmland Sustaining Circle.

Letters to editor

Keep covering food politics · Not all shrimp are equal · GM sugar beet sugar · Detox · Raw milk · Livestock and electrical pollution · Sweeteners · Local food matters

News bites

Organics growing in Washington · GM alfalfa campaign · Dairy farmers switch to grazing · Monsanto selling rBGH division · Non-native salmon escape fish farm · Use a car wash, save salmon · GM crop yields lower than traditional crops · Soy linked to low sperm count · Farm vote may go for Obama

Your co-op

Talk to the board · Board report · Next board meeting · Fall member meeting · What are “Ends” policies?