Sound Consumer archive
June 2014


Extreme weather is affecting food prices

by Joel Preston Smith

The people who produce our food are sweating out the current drought. Costs for water and animal feed are soaring and retail food prices are beginning to climb, too.


Celebrating 10 Stores

PCC Natural Markets is delighted to announce our 10th store will open in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle on June 4 at 9 a.m.


Surprising facts about sunscreen

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? A good sunscreen can play role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.


Letters to editor

Produce stickers · Choose organic to avoid pesticides · Grass-fed and feedlots · Grapeseed oil · Microbeads · Plastic bags · Arsenic in rice · Food sensitivities


News bites

Organic solutions for livestock · Oil spills deform fish · France bans GE corn · Antarctic whaling stopped? · China destroys GE crops · Farm internship program · Warmer nights in PNW · City buys farmland · Not all Kashi "natural" · Morning light for healthy weight? · Vitamin D to prevent disease · Kentucky hemp


Baking with summer fruit

Organic peaches, nectarines, apricots and berries are in stores this month, and we’re delighting in all the ways to use them. We’re betting you already have a favorite pie and crumble recipe, so give these unusual baking recipes a go. Baking brings out the sugars in the fruit, heightening the juiciness and flavor.


Coal trains

Salmon, health and the environment

by Oliver Lazenby

Few environmental issues have raised local fervor as much as the coal trains planned for the Pacific Northwest. Opponents warn that shipping coal through the Northwest will reduce our air and water quality, affecting public health, as well as rivers and wildlife — including salmon habitat — along the shipping routes.


What's new in store — June

Organic peaches, nectarines and plums are here! Later this month, our produce departments will be bursting with local, organic strawberries from Rent’s Due Ranch and local, organic blueberries. Also don’t miss PCC Bakery’s stone fruit galettes and angel food cake, and new summer salads in our delis.


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about the shortage of hard cider apples, why prices for limes are sky-high, grants for young farmers, and how chickens are the latest therapy animals, providing companionship for the elderly in nursing homes.


PCC Board of Trustees report

Board meeting · Member meeting · We want your story


GE labeling victory

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Wash., D.C. lobbying group, says it will sue the state of Vermont in federal court to overturn the nation’s first law to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.


Take our picnic safety quiz

You may be surprised to learn what things you need to do to keep food safe next time you’re packing for a picnic or other outdoor excursion.


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