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Sound Consumer, July 2008

The gifts of local growers

For those who create their shopping list based on the availability of local organic produce, July is most notable for its steadiness and abundance. Four farm and the farmers who own them are profiled: Rent’s Due Ranch, Nash’s Organic Produce, Full Circle Farm and River Valley Organics.

For those who create their shopping list based on the availability of local organic produce, July is most notable for its steadiness and abundance. Four farm and the farmers who own them are profiled: Rent’s Due Ranch, Nash’s Organic Produce, Full Circle Farm and River Valley Organics.

Tracking pesticides, factory farming

Two significant developments involving our food system warrant a heads up this month. They involve 1) the U.S. government’s decision to stop tracking pesticide use on food crops, and 2) a surprising report on the industrial treatment of livestock.

Two significant developments involving our food system warrant a heads up this month. They involve 1) the U.S. government’s decision to stop tracking pesticide use on food crops, and 2) a surprising report on the industrial treatment of livestock.

The Alaffia Bike Project: 2,000 bikes heading to Togo

Editor’s note: If you’re one of the PCC staff or members who participated in a February bike drive for school children in Togo, here’s a letter passing on heartfelt thanks. If you missed the February bike drive, there’s still time to extend a helping hand — from our co-op to Alaffia’s co-op, halfway around the world.

Editor’s note: If you’re one of the PCC staff or members who participated in a February bike drive for school children in Togo, here’s a letter passing on heartfelt thanks. If you missed the February bike drive, there’s still time to extend a helping hand — from our co-op to Alaffia’s co-op, halfway around the world.

Recipes: Summer in a jar

Freezer jam is fun and easy to make! It’s also a delicious way to enjoy the lower prices of local, seasonal berries and fruit all year-round. See our recipe for No-Cook Freezer Jam (including tips on making jams and jellies using Pomona Pectin Powder sold at all PCC stores) and stir up a batch for the taste of summer in a jar.

Freezer jam is fun and easy to make! It’s also a delicious way to enjoy the lower prices of local, seasonal berries and fruit all year-round. See our recipe for No-Cook Freezer Jam (including tips on making jams and jellies using Pomona Pectin Powder sold at all PCC stores) and stir up a batch for the taste of summer in a jar.

Research and education: critical for a food-secure future

As petroleum costs soar, energy-intensive farmers and ranchers will be considering their options. They may focus on finding markets for their products as close to home as possible before looking in other areas. Non-organic producers especially will have to reconsider their dependence on petroleum-based agricultural chemicals.

As petroleum costs soar, energy-intensive farmers and ranchers will be considering their options. They may focus on finding markets for their products as close to home as possible before looking in other areas. Non-organic producers especially will have to reconsider their dependence on petroleum-based agricultural chemicals.

Notes from the Cellar

(Chico, Calif.) — Highway 99 narrows to two lanes, a northbound gray ribbon vanishing into distant almond orchards. On either side, a sea of exuberantly green grass wears the morning dew in the early light.

(Chico, Calif.) — Highway 99 narrows to two lanes, a northbound gray ribbon vanishing into distant almond orchards. On either side, a sea of exuberantly green grass wears the morning dew in the early light.

Seasonal produce

We think you’ll agree that the enormous, local, organic blueberries that PCC sells under the Many Hands label are the most delicious, colossal blueberries found anywhere.

We think you’ll agree that the enormous, local, organic blueberries that PCC sells under the Many Hands label are the most delicious, colossal blueberries found anywhere.

Local farms, local restaurants

Patronizing certain local restaurants as well as local grocers is a great way to benefit local farmers. One of these restaurants, The Grange Café, deserves special notice because of its strong commitment to sourcing local organic foods from several PCC Farmland Trust farms.

Patronizing certain local restaurants as well as local grocers is a great way to benefit local farmers. One of these restaurants, The Grange Café, deserves special notice because of its strong commitment to sourcing local organic foods from several PCC Farmland Trust farms.

Letters to the editor

Farm worker justice · Support for EWG · GM soy · Diacetyl · The case for supplements · Bottled water · Fluoridated drinking water

Farm worker justice · Support for EWG · GM soy · Diacetyl · The case for supplements · Bottled water · Fluoridated drinking water

News bites

PCC support for fair labor communities · Salmon habitat saved in Ballard · Climate change worse in the West · Home gardens increasing · New sustainable agriculture program · Coffee and tea don’t raise breast cancer risk · GM corn contaminates 35 kilometres · Detox with chlorella · Bisphenol A lawsuit · Coffee before cereal boosts blood sugar · Ranchers leery of beef packer merger · US consumers want GM labels

PCC support for fair labor communities · Salmon habitat saved in Ballard · Climate change worse in the West · Home gardens increasing · New sustainable agriculture program · Coffee and tea don’t raise breast cancer risk · GM corn contaminates 35 kilometres · Detox with chlorella · Bisphenol A lawsuit · Coffee before cereal boosts blood sugar · Ranchers leery of beef packer merger · US consumers want GM labels

Your co-op

PCC 2008 election results · Board report · PCC member benefit with Zipcar

PCC 2008 election results · Board report · PCC member benefit with Zipcar