Public policy report

This article was originally published in June 2009

Five people in DC for Lobby Day.

(l-r) Walt Green and Roxanne Green of PCC Redmond, Jeff Mueller of United Natural Foods, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mary Ann Hunt, executive director of the Natural Products Association NW, in Washington, D.C. for Lobby Day.

(June 2009) — From time to time, PCC engages in public outreach and policy initiatives, as events warrant. Here’s a recent sampling:

  • PCC health and body care staff met with lawmakers in Olympia and Washington D.C. to advocate for legislation of importance to the natural supplement and body care products industry.
  • Public affairs staff testified in Olympia on food safety issues and a proposal to establish a Washington state food safety commission.
  • PCC joined the Center for Food Safety in advocating tighter regulations than those proposed for genetically modified crops.
  • Public affairs staff joined the Cattle Producers of Washington in Olympia to seek support for reinstating state meat inspections, to improve market access for smaller ranchers.
  • PCC sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Washington State’s U.S. Senators opposing the proposed National Animal ID System.
  • PCC wrote the Obama administration asking it to endorse the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). The IAASTD advocates a shift from industrial agriculture to small-scale and organic farming to cope with population growth and climate change, and avoid environmental collapse and social breakdown. 
  • A nutrition educator offered a presentation on nutrition and food systems to an AmeriCorps branch.
  • A nutrition educator joined a YWCA dinner meeting for Headstart parents and discussed childhood nutrition.
  • A nutrition educator offered a presentation to the Edmonds Methodist Church on sustainable food choices (seasonal/organic/plant centered).
  • A nutrition educator offered a store tour about eating on a budget for low-income Housing Authority residents.
  • A nutrition educator presented a class about eating healthy on a budget to a parents’ group at the French Immersion School.

Also in this issue

Raw food vitality

As the author of a vegetarian dining guidebook, I’ve had the pleasure of eating many exceptional meals over the years. But one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had was not at a restaurant. Rather, it was a raw foods potluck a decade or so ago at a friend’s house here in Seattle.

Genetically modified coffee confrontation brewing in Hawaii

Our morning coffee is brewed from beans grown by 25 million producers in the tropics, primarily in hand-tended backyard plots. On the island of Oahu, Hawaii, biotechnologists from Integrated Coffee Technology Inc. (ICTI) want to change all that.