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Sound Consumer, July 2013

Biodynamic: Sustainable farming in principle and practice

Much as we think of our own bodies as comprised of essential organs, the biodynamic approach to farming also views farms as “organisms,” with various “organs” working in harmony. Biodynamic farmers create biodiverse farms that rely little on outside inputs.

Much as we think of our own bodies as comprised of essential organs, the biodynamic approach to farming also views farms as “organisms,” with various “organs” working in harmony. Biodynamic farmers create biodiverse farms that rely little on outside inputs.

Biodynamic at PCC Natural Markets

PCC carries a variety of wines and body care products produced with ingredients from biodynamic farms.

PCC carries a variety of wines and body care products produced with ingredients from biodynamic farms.

GE labeling updates

Host a Kitchen Conversation to support I-522. Also: Connecticut passes a GE labeling bill, Ben & Jerry’s scoops free ice cream to support labeling, and Asia suspends Northwest wheat after GE wheat was found in Oregon.

Host a Kitchen Conversation to support I-522. Also: Connecticut passes a GE labeling bill, Ben & Jerry’s scoops free ice cream to support labeling, and Asia suspends Northwest wheat after GE wheat was found in Oregon.

Farmers and food artisans think beyond the bank

It used to be that if you wanted to raise money to start or expand a business, your first stop was the bank. That’s no longer true for a growing number of entrepreneurs, including a handful of local farmers and food artisans.

It used to be that if you wanted to raise money to start or expand a business, your first stop was the bank. That’s no longer true for a growing number of entrepreneurs, including a handful of local farmers and food artisans.

Summertime wraps

Is there anything more fun to eat than fresh summer rolls and wraps? They’re crunchy and colorful, and dipping them in delicious sauces is about as satisfying as it gets for finger food.

Is there anything more fun to eat than fresh summer rolls and wraps? They’re crunchy and colorful, and dipping them in delicious sauces is about as satisfying as it gets for finger food.

Monarch Butterflies: Where have they gone?

Millions of orange and black Monarch butterflies across the United States and southern Canada take off to fly south every year. But this great migration is in trouble. Monarch populations have dropped 59 percent in 2012 from the previous year.

Millions of orange and black Monarch butterflies across the United States and southern Canada take off to fly south every year. But this great migration is in trouble. Monarch populations have dropped 59 percent in 2012 from the previous year.

Letters to the editor

Fair labor chocolate · Eden Foods lawsuit · Deli oils · Voting yes on I-522 · Antibiotics in apples and pears · GE produce · Maca root powder · Eliminating plastic and paper · Great service

Fair labor chocolate · Eden Foods lawsuit · Deli oils · Voting yes on I-522 · Antibiotics in apples and pears · GE produce · Maca root powder · Eliminating plastic and paper · Great service

News bites

Berries for brain health · Edmonds sustainable ag grant · Coffee rust threat · Chipotle identifies GMOs · Foie gras ban · Labor shortage continues · Roundup residue limit raised · Fast food linked to allergies · GE fish breed with wild · White Wave separates from Dean · Insects for lunch? · Washington organics’ value up

Berries for brain health · Edmonds sustainable ag grant · Coffee rust threat · Chipotle identifies GMOs · Foie gras ban · Labor shortage continues · Roundup residue limit raised · Fast food linked to allergies · GE fish breed with wild · White Wave separates from Dean · Insects for lunch? · Washington organics’ value up

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

The cherry crop may be smaller this year, while chickpea plantings are booming due to the growing popularity of hummus. More news: the nation’s aquifers are shrinking, and the U.S. has lifted a ban on many Italian cured meats.

The cherry crop may be smaller this year, while chickpea plantings are booming due to the growing popularity of hummus. More news: the nation’s aquifers are shrinking, and the U.S. has lifted a ban on many Italian cured meats.

PCC Board of Trustees report

PCC Board of Trustees election results · Board meeting report

PCC Board of Trustees election results · Board meeting report

Sound Consumer, July 2013