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Sound Consumer, March 2006

Nourishing the life of soil

As short winter days stretch into spring, we remember that there is life beneath our feet, under the patio stones, under the grass, and in the soil. A single teaspoon of cured compost contains up to six billion microbial life forms — almost as many people as there are on the earth.

As short winter days stretch into spring, we remember that there is life beneath our feet, under the patio stones, under the grass, and in the soil. A single teaspoon of cured compost contains up to six billion microbial life forms — almost as many people as there are on the earth.

High fructose corn syrup: why are we eating it?

Walk down the aisles of most grocery stores and you’ll be sure to find a common ingredient: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). That is, except at PCC. PCC delis began eliminating products with HFCS four years ago and have been 100 percent HFCS-free for some time.

Walk down the aisles of most grocery stores and you’ll be sure to find a common ingredient: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). That is, except at PCC. PCC delis began eliminating products with HFCS four years ago and have been 100 percent HFCS-free for some time.

Non-stick cookware: slippery truth on a sticky subject

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has levied the largest fine ever against any offending company, a $16.5 million dollar slap on the corporate wrist. The reason? For 20 years, DuPont knowingly and deceptively withheld incriminating data on the risk of harm to human health and the environment from a chemical used in making Teflon.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has levied the largest fine ever against any offending company, a $16.5 million dollar slap on the corporate wrist. The reason? For 20 years, DuPont knowingly and deceptively withheld incriminating data on the risk of harm to human health and the environment from a chemical used in making Teflon.

Update on Fluoridation

Adding fluoride to drinking water — a 60-year-old practice meant to ward off tooth decay — still inspires fervent believers, equally fervent opponents and even a little press now and then.

Adding fluoride to drinking water — a 60-year-old practice meant to ward off tooth decay — still inspires fervent believers, equally fervent opponents and even a little press now and then.

PCC Farmland Trust

This month reports on activity happening on the Bennington and Dungeness Farms this spring. Also notice of a possible new farm.

This month reports on activity happening on the Bennington and Dungeness Farms this spring. Also notice of a possible new farm.