Sound Consumer archive
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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