Sound Consumer
October 2014

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Climate change and northwest agriculture

by Abra Bennett

Climate change seems certain to take a toll on Washington's $40 billion annual agriculture industry, but the Northwest may be able to adapt better than other regions.


Your co-op community

Bagged apple program · Feeding Your Immune System · Rewards of Fair Trade · Seattle Children’s Festival · Pumpkin Decorating Party · Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash · Chocolate tasting! · Start to Fitness: Added Sugars


Letters to editor

PCC’s advocacy work · Brand ownership brochure · PCC Farmland Trust · Synthetic vitamins · Climate change · Low-carb chocolate? · Badger brand is non-nano · Avoiding pesticides  · Glyphosate film


Choosing the right oil

Learn how to choose what oils are best suited for specific cooking techniques or are best when used raw.


News bites

Judge: Kauai GE law invalid · USFWS phases out GE · Butterflies and climate change · Broccoli power · Mercury in the oceans · Factory farming super PAC · Plastic from food byproducts? · Latinos move up on farms · First nutrient-enhanced GE · COOL upheld · Writers subpoenaed in pink slime lawsuit


Onion Rings

Recipes from the October 2014 issue

Liquid gold: cooking with oilsView

Oils add richness and healthy fats to a range of recipes, from vinaigrettes for salads and marinades, to inventive recipes such as the four presented here.


Letter for strong organic standards

by Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs

PCC and other businesses oppose recent changes to the National Organic Program that make it easier to keep using synthetic ingredients in organic foods.


PCC Board of Trustees report

Board meeting report · Next board meeting · Board outreach event · October is National Co-op Month · Board application deadline — October 14


News bites

Judge: Kauai GE law invalid · USFWS phases out GE · Butterflies and climate change · Broccoli power · Mercury in the oceans · Factory farming super PAC · Plastic from food byproducts? · Latinos move up on farms · First nutrient-enhanced GE · COOL upheld · Writers subpoenaed in pink slime lawsuit


Added sugars: Learn to subtract from your diet

by Nick Rose, M.S.

A shocking 75 percent of packaged foods have some form of sugar added to the list of ingredients. Everything from applesauce to zucchini muffins is a potential source.


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