Sound Consumer
December 2014

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Food fads: how they differ from meaningful shifts in food culture

Reprinted with permission of The Hartman Group.

Consumers are maturing from obsessions with bacon and kale to a love of all sorts of dishes and cuisines, along with broader interests in wellness, organic agriculture, and what makes food taste good.

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

Our produce departments are brimming with organic citrus: kumquats, heirloom navel oranges, Clementines and Cara Cara oranges. Also don't miss organic bone broth, Red Duck Ketchup, bamboo toothbrushes and more!


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about Oregon's hazelnut industry, how drought may be helping boost fruit nutrition, the plight of Northwest cranberry farmers, and more.

Robots in the milking parlor

by Ariana Taylor-Stanley

Washington dairies are leading the way toward new technology. As sustainable dairies turn to robotic systems, the robots are helping them to become more sustainable businesses.

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. If we want a sustainable supply, we're going to have to put our money where our values are and pay farmers enough to stay in business.

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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