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by Joel Preston Smith
PCC shoppers are a conscientious bunch. We care about food and its impact on the environment. When we worry, it's about the pesticides used to grow apples, or whether hormones or antibiotics were used. We're concerned about how food is produced, and don't often give much thought to what happens once it is.
Please take a few minutes to write the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about its recommendation to approve genetically engineered (GE) salmon — the first genetically engineered animal meant for human consumption.
At press time, Washington's U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell had just announced they're sponsoring federal legislation to label genetically engineered (GE) salmon and other GE foods.
Whether you're trying to avoid refined sugar or just like experimenting with alternative sweeteners, honey's sultry richness adds flavor to a range of dishes — both sweet and savory.
Four states consider GE labels · Acidification harming local shellfish · Antibiotic-resistant pork · Diabetes linked to HFCS · Kenya bans GE imports · Toxic oil spill "clean-up" · DOJ drops Monsanto investigation · More seafood fraud · Supreme Court to hear seed case · Pesticides linked to food allergies
by Andrew Schneider
The benign memory of Winnie the Pooh shoving his paw into the honey jar has just about faded as federal investigators and the Department of Justice continue to crack down on smuggled, mislabeled and adulterated honey into the United States.
Honey has been used as a food and medicine and revered for its healthful properties for thousands of years. Pythagoras called it "the nectar of the Gods" — and for good reason. Find useful tips and profiles of the honey PCC carries in this article.
Organic honeygold grapefruit, Lady Alice apples, custard-like cherimoyas, Kishu Mandarin tangerines and Red Fortune plums are the stars of our produce departments this month. Also new: Fishpeople ready-to-eat seafood, Borroughs Family farms raw almonds in bulk, and in our wine department, an authentic, organic chianti!
An $18 million maple syrup theft, rising prices for popcorn and tofu, and crisis in the American catfish industry have the food and agriculture world buzzing.