Sound Consumer archive
March 2014


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More lawsuits over "natural"

"Natural" claims are disappearing from food labels.

by Joel Preston Smith and the editors

'Natural' claims are disappearing from food labels. The number of lawsuits challenging use of the term "natural" on packaged foods has exploded in the past couple of years.


Sustainable palm oil?

Companies lead amid conflict

by Sido DeCassis

You can find palm oil and its derivatives in thousands of products, from pastry to chocolate, detergent and biofuel. Palm oil production is under attack for clear-cutting rainforests and causing other environmental and social problems. There are signs, however, the U.S. food industry is poised to shift to sourcing mostly sustainable palm oil.


Letters to editor

Essential oils · Eating invasive species · Organic trustworthy? · Salt in PCC deli · Cooking oils · Gluten-free · Palm oil


News bites

Supreme Court to hear labeling suit · Canada sued for GE salmon · Kauai restricts GE crops · Underground London farm · Bee theft · Honeybees sniff out drugs? · Probiotics prevent colic in babies? · Food companies cut calories · Diet soda decline · Non-GMO Grape-Nuts · Monsanto hot spots


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Shoppers can help save marine mammals

Consumers can play a role in protecting whales, dolphins and sea lions by choosing American-caught seafood. More than 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year in foreign fisheries after being hooked, entangled or trapped in fishing gear.


Rustic Bakery Flatbread

Favorite crackers at PCC

At PCC we carry crackers to suit every taste, diet and budget. Whether you're looking for something simple and hearty to serve along a steaming bowl of soup or something artisan to fill out a fancy cheese plate, we've got you covered.


Wild Mushroom Soup

Recipes from the March 2014 issue

Spring for soup

New potatoes, leeks, spinach and more are brightening our produce department this month — why not add them to warming pots of soup?


Organics in Farm Bill

When President Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law, he said in his speech the bill supports organic, which "makes my wife very happy!" In fact, the final farm bill includes all of the Organic Trade Association's "asks."


Bartlett pears

What's new in store — March 2014

Check out new-crop Bartlett pears, asparagus, Ataulfo mangoes and cherimoya in our produce departments — all organic, of course. Also new: PCC Bakery 5-inch fruit pies, quinoa milk, new brands of seitan and organic, vegetarian soups, and a line of PCC-exclusive wines from Dusted Valley Vineyards.


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Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about PCC Farmland Trust’s accreditation, what's happening to the global coffee supply, and the devastating effect of California's drought on agriculture.


PCC Board of Trustees report

Notice of annual membership meeting · Board meeting


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