PCC Sound Consumer August 2014 | PCC Natural Markets

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August 2014

The unexpected consequences of antibiotics

by Debra Daniels-Zeller

The damage antibiotics could do to our microbiome — the trillions of microbes living in our gut — is just being discovered. Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, asthma and obesity are just a few of the increasing chronic health problems linked to antibiotics.

Organic food superior

A major study published in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition claims conclusive evidence that organic crops — and foods — are nutritionally superior to conventional crops and foods.

State labeling initiatives

Two more GMO labeling initiatives appear headed for the ballot this November.

Alaska seafood safe from radiation

The Alaskan government received results from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on radiation testing of Alaska seafood and the results confirm seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation-related health concerns.

Letters to editor

Global warming and agriculture · Healthy sunscreen · Sugar in recipes · Corn syrup in baked goods · Meat packaging · Eden Foods · Non-GE choices

News bites

Organic ag better for birds · Supreme Court rules on false labeling · Slavery in shrimp industry · Marijuana pesticides? · Spokane bans bee-killing pesticides · Chardonnay seeds for weight loss? · Pink Slime lawsuit · GE banana · Broccoli protects against air pollution? · Fortified foods and kids · Satellites to end pirate fishing?

Heirloom Tomato and Basil Panzanella

Recipes from the August 2014 issue

4 Summer salads

Our PCC Cooks program offers classes from chefs who have lived and traveled in all corners of the world. Here we present some of their favorite summer salad recipes, using the best organic summer produce, which is peaking this month.

Versatile, flavorful vinegars

Vinegar has been used for centuries as folk medicine and to preserve and flavor foods. Its unmistakable tang can embolden and draw flavor from many foods, and it’s a great way to add flavor without fat and with just a few calories.

EPA whistleblower: Agency faked data on safety of "biosolids"

by Joel Preston Smith

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used faked data in order to win approval of biosolids as a safe form of compost. An EPA whistleblower reveals in his new book, "Science for Sale," that he was forced out of EPA after publicly condemning biosolids.

New FDA regulations for "gluten-free"

by Nick Rose, PCC Nutrition Educator

As of this month, gluten-free claims must conform with new regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requiring that foods labeled "gluten-free" must be free of wheat, barley or rye, and that "any unavoidable presence of gluten" must result in less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

PCC Board of Trustees report

June board meeting report · The board’s new year · 2014 CCMA ·


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