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Sound Consumer, June 2008

Why buying local matters

If all of us committed to buying more locally grown food, how much of a difference do you think it would make? For sure, local farmers would be happy. But it doesn’t end there. Local communities also stand to gain in a big way.

If all of us committed to buying more locally grown food, how much of a difference do you think it would make? For sure, local farmers would be happy. But it doesn’t end there. Local communities also stand to gain in a big way.

More organic advantages

The good news about organic food and farming just keeps coming. Researchers from Iowa State University are reporting that a long-term study shows organic practices outpace chemically based farming in yield, profitability and improved soil quality.

The good news about organic food and farming just keeps coming. Researchers from Iowa State University are reporting that a long-term study shows organic practices outpace chemically based farming in yield, profitability and improved soil quality.

Sign up for “PCC Fresh,” our new e-newsletter

Delivered automatically to your email inbox each month, “PCC Fresh” will keep you up-to-date on what’s on sale and what’s happening in our stores and around our community.

Delivered automatically to your email inbox each month, “PCC Fresh” will keep you up-to-date on what’s on sale and what’s happening in our stores and around our community.

Saving salmon through your local garden center

Next time you visit your local garden center or home improvement store, you can do something very simple that would help protect our native salmon. Take a look around the pesticide section and make sure the store has posted signs identifying certain pesticides as hazardous to salmon.

Next time you visit your local garden center or home improvement store, you can do something very simple that would help protect our native salmon. Take a look around the pesticide section and make sure the store has posted signs identifying certain pesticides as hazardous to salmon.

$ense and cents-abilities: How to choose and use foods wisely

As food costs spiral upward, food shoppers who place nutritional health first will need to redouble their efforts to get the most food value from every food dollar spent. The time-honored advice for sticking to a food budget always has been to “shop with a list” of perishable and non-perishable foods you need …

As food costs spiral upward, food shoppers who place nutritional health first will need to redouble their efforts to get the most food value from every food dollar spent. The time-honored advice for sticking to a food budget always has been to “shop with a list” of perishable and non-perishable foods you need …

Notes from the Cellar

(Montpellier, France) — Sévérine Lemoine has wine in her blood, the Rhône in her soul and a delicious story to tell.
(Chico, CA) — Throckmorton sighs heavily as he drops his sleep-deprived frame into the passenger seat.

(Montpellier, France) — Sévérine Lemoine has wine in her blood, the Rhône in her soul and a delicious story to tell.
(Chico, CA) — Throckmorton sighs heavily as he drops his sleep-deprived frame into the passenger seat.

Seasonal produce

One of the best things about summertime is the fresh fruit. While you can jazz up fruit by incorporating it in a side dish or turning it into a dessert topping, it’s really never better than straight off the tree or vine.

One of the best things about summertime is the fresh fruit. While you can jazz up fruit by incorporating it in a side dish or turning it into a dessert topping, it’s really never better than straight off the tree or vine.

The complexities of farmland preservation

Saving farmland is not just challenging and expensive: it’s also an art. Learn about potential projects that the PCC Farmland Trust is working on currently, and perhaps their biggest and most immediate project and partnership with Pierce County in the South Puyallup Valley region.

Saving farmland is not just challenging and expensive: it’s also an art. Learn about potential projects that the PCC Farmland Trust is working on currently, and perhaps their biggest and most immediate project and partnership with Pierce County in the South Puyallup Valley region.

Letters to the editor

GM sugar beets · Dietary supplements · Applause from Indiana · Bisphenol A · Plastics and food · Taking out the garbage · Keeping produce fresh

GM sugar beets · Dietary supplements · Applause from Indiana · Bisphenol A · Plastics and food · Taking out the garbage · Keeping produce fresh

News bites

Nash Huber wins national award · “Natural” body care standard · Consumers still choose organic · Home Depot Canada phases out pesticides · Genetically engineered corn recalled · Organic certificate online · Schmeiser settles with Monsanto · U.S. Supreme Court upholds Monsanto · Fish farming in marine sanctuaries?

Nash Huber wins national award · “Natural” body care standard · Consumers still choose organic · Home Depot Canada phases out pesticides · Genetically engineered corn recalled · Organic certificate online · Schmeiser settles with Monsanto · U.S. Supreme Court upholds Monsanto · Fish farming in marine sanctuaries?

Your co-op

Annual membership meeting · Election outcome · Board meetings

Annual membership meeting · Election outcome · Board meetings