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Sound Consumer, January 2013

Food cravings: the science and lore

Almost universally we crave foods high in sugar, salt and fat, and our cravings are influenced by biology and cultural cues. What can we do to ease a craving’s pull?

Almost universally we crave foods high in sugar, salt and fat, and our cravings are influenced by biology and cultural cues. What can we do to ease a craving’s pull?

PCC Deli offers nutrition info

You asked for it — and now it’s here! Information about ingredients, nutrition panels, and notes from PCC nutrition educators for the dishes in the PCC deli now is available in a searchable database on our website.

You asked for it — and now it’s here! Information about ingredients, nutrition panels, and notes from PCC nutrition educators for the dishes in the PCC deli now is available in a searchable database on our website.

Fresh, flavorful ways with avocados

If you’re often tempted by the towering display of large, perfectly ripe avocados at PCC, you’re not alone. Everyone seems to have a favorite way to use the creamy fruit.

If you’re often tempted by the towering display of large, perfectly ripe avocados at PCC, you’re not alone. Everyone seems to have a favorite way to use the creamy fruit.

In defense of whole-milk dairy

From 2009 to 2012, whole milk sales at PCC increased from 18 percent of total milk sales to 26 percent. Meanwhile, sales of nonfat milk dropped from 27 percent to 21 percent. Shoppers are catching on to the health advantages of whole-milk dairy.

From 2009 to 2012, whole milk sales at PCC increased from 18 percent of total milk sales to 26 percent. Meanwhile, sales of nonfat milk dropped from 27 percent to 21 percent. Shoppers are catching on to the health advantages of whole-milk dairy.

Producer spotlight: Del Ray Avocado Co.

Del Rey Avocado Co. is a family-owned business in Fallbrook, Calif., that has been in operation since 1969. It packs between 25 to 28 percent of all the organic avocados grown in California.

Del Rey Avocado Co. is a family-owned business in Fallbrook, Calif., that has been in operation since 1969. It packs between 25 to 28 percent of all the organic avocados grown in California.

Letters to the editor

Thankful for PCC · PCC kids in 4-H · Non-organic is not “conventional” · Water pH · Brands defeating GMO labeling · Support for I-522 · Birds avoid GMO sugar · Self-check registers

Thankful for PCC · PCC kids in 4-H · Non-organic is not “conventional” · Water pH · Brands defeating GMO labeling · Support for I-522 · Birds avoid GMO sugar · Self-check registers

News bites

Report: organic benefits · Judge halts GE on wildlife refuges · USDA to require organic tests · Danes roll back “fat tax” · French wine consumption drops · Slaughterhouse fined $500 million · Milk inhibits tea’s benefits? · Mexican maize massacre · Hershey sued for slave labor · Early antibiotics linked to obesity · Pediatricians condemn pesticides

Report: organic benefits · Judge halts GE on wildlife refuges · USDA to require organic tests · Danes roll back “fat tax” · French wine consumption drops · Slaughterhouse fined $500 million · Milk inhibits tea’s benefits? · Mexican maize massacre · Hershey sued for slave labor · Early antibiotics linked to obesity · Pediatricians condemn pesticides

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Most of us Seattle-area residents don’t often follow the cost of hay, or how fishermen in Alaska are faring — even though what happens on farms, fishing boats, and other places our food is harvested and produced affects our choices for what to eat.

Most of us Seattle-area residents don’t often follow the cost of hay, or how fishermen in Alaska are faring — even though what happens on farms, fishing boats, and other places our food is harvested and produced affects our choices for what to eat.

PCC Board of Trustees report

PCC board meeting report · Next board meeting · 2013 board slate

PCC board meeting report · Next board meeting · 2013 board slate

Sound Consumer, January 2013