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Sound Consumer
May 2015

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The future of meat?

by Michele Simon, JD, MPH

High-tech startups are aiming to revolutionize the food system by creating meat, egg and dairy substitutes derived from plant compounds or cultured animal tissue. They can expect legal and political obstacles.


SunFed Ranch grass-fed beef now at PCC

PCC is pleased to announce a new partnership with SunFed Ranch, which provides our stores with 100-percent grass-fed beef. We offer both non-organic and organic.


Exceptional eggs

PCC carries eggs raised a variety of ways — "cage-free," "organic," "omega-3" and "pastured." PCC's high standards are rare: nationwide, only 6 percent of the 350 million egg-laying hens are cage-free. Learn about the brands we carry and the health benefits of pastured eggs.


Recipes from the May 2015 issue

Savory ways with eggs

An egg — fried, poached, or sunnyside-up, with a dab of butter and a shake of salt — is alone such a simple, delicious pleasure. But an egg's appeal sometimes is elevated higher with just a few extra ingredients. Here we present four easy recipes with flavor combinations you likely haven't thought to try. They're all savory, so are sure to satisfy for a light lunch or dinner.


What do egg labels mean?

by Charlotte Vallaeys

When buying eggs, animal welfare is an important consideration for most consumers. The welfare and living conditions of laying hens can vary substantially and the labels on the cartons — "cage-free," "free-range," or "pasture-raised" — lets us know the kind of farm the eggs are from.


What's new in store for May

This month our produce department is in full summer swing, with organic stone fruit including apriums, apricots, plums and pluots coloring the shelves.


Staff picks

See what products our staff recommends this month, from the spicy PCC Thai Steak Salad, to organic, grass-fed yogurt, to an intensely moisturizing hand cream great for gardeners. Plus much more!


Families Helping Families

From May 1 to 31, PCC is donating 5 percent of all PCC Kids Picks product sales (up to a total of $10,000) to Seattle Children's programs that educate youth and families about nutrition. Your purchase of Kid Picks products this month directly benefit Fit 4 You, an obesity prevention program in Seattle's Central District, and ACT!, an outreach program for families in King, Snohomish and Thurston counties.


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about how weather will impact cherries, how Washington's snowpack will impacts harvests, the rise of "Paleo," honeybee economics and more.


Letters to editor

PCC quality standards · Organic berries in PCC bakery · Supplement purity · Recycling meat and fish trays · Composting manure? · Stabilizers and additives in organics · Beer and wine ingredients


News bites

PCC's top-rated canned tuna · Nutrition panel: less sugar · Cheese dust is not food · Glyphosate carcinogenic · Worldwide water crisis · California's dangerous drought · Cocoa good for aging brain · Farm labor woes · Obama combats illegal fishing · Non-GMO popularity growing · Titanium dioxide concerns · Palm oil deforestation


PCC Board of Trustees report

PCC's Annual election, April 28 to May 18 · Who's on the board now? · Annual meeting April 28 · Board report


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