Sound Consumer
December 2014

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Food fads

Reprinted with permission of The Hartman Group.

As ethnographers with a deep understanding of food culture and what consumers are putting in their grocery carts and bellies, we've seen a lot: Cronut™ madness, burgers sandwiched between ramen noodles, special diets of almost every stripe. They're fun to talk about, but they also tend to be fleeting and fairly one-dimensional. It's more fun to delve into the reasons behind these food fads, to figure out where people might be headed next.

Your co-op community

PCC grant winner · WildLights at the zoo · Holiday food drive · Cookiefest · Pathway of Lights · 12K’s of Christmas · Give mason bees for gifts

Letters to editor

Healthier receipt paper · Climate change and Northwest agriculture · Bottled water · Coatings on produce · PCC sponsorship · Canola oil · Storing flax seeds · Correction: Organic ciders

PCC's "Quite the Find" wines

Quite the Find wines are only available at PCC and celebrate unique flavors that tell the story of where they were grown.

Recipes from the December 2014 issue

Nuts about cookies

The holidays are a good time to look beyond our shores to culinary inspiration from abroad — especially when it comes to cookies with nuts. Here we offer four recipes to bake up for parties or potlucks, or to savor any day, with a steaming cup of coffee.

What's new in store for December

Come warm up at our coffee bar this month with an eggnog or soynog latte, cinnamon bun latte, or a peppermint mocha!


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about Oregon’s hazelnut industry, non-GMO feed for cows, drought and the nutrient content of fruit, regulating the use of groundwater, fish moving from the equator to the poles, Washington state ranks first in aquaculture sales, and a global glut in cranberrys hitting home in Washington.

Robots in the milking parlor

by Ariana Taylor-Stanley

Washington’s organic dairies are leading the herd toward new technology.

PCC Board of Trustees report

Board report · Next board meeting · 2014-2015 nominating committee report

News bites

Chocolate improves memory? · PCC supports climate action · Pollinators alleviate malnutrition? · Study: labeling won’t raise prices · Non-GMO claims · GE corn lawsuit  · Seattle bans bee-killing pesticides · EPA sued over 2,4-D approval · Fracking pollutes aquifers · Study: soda linked to accelerated aging · Fraudulent shrimp

Holistic health options for pets

by Debra Daniels-Zeller

Healthful choices for pets have increased exponentially in the past few decades. Raw food, grain-free kibble, joint supplements, digestive enzymes, homeopathic remedies and herbs — so many choices can make pet owners wonder where to start.

Organic dairy shortage

Shoppers for organic butter, cream and yogurt are facing higher prices or, worse, empty shelves as we head into the holidays.

Community impact award

On October 22, PCC was honored by Seattle Business magazine as part of the publication’s first annual Community Impact Awards Program.


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