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Sound Consumer, June 2014

Extreme weather is affecting food prices

The people who produce our food are sweating out the current drought. Costs for water and animal feed are soaring and retail food prices are beginning to climb, too.

The people who produce our food are sweating out the current drought. Costs for water and animal feed are soaring and retail food prices are beginning to climb, too.

Celebrating 10 Stores

PCC Natural Markets is delighted to announce our 10th store will open in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle on June 4 at 9 a.m.

PCC Natural Markets is delighted to announce our 10th store will open in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle on June 4 at 9 a.m.

Surprising facts about sunscreen

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? A good sunscreen can play role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.

Do you depend on sunscreen for skin protection? A good sunscreen can play role in preventing sunburns that are a major risk factor for melanoma – provided you use it correctly.

Baking with summer fruit

Organic peaches, nectarines, apricots and berries are in stores this month, and we’re delighting in all the ways to use them. We’re betting you already have a favorite pie and crumble recipe, so give these unusual baking recipes a go. Baking brings out the sugars in the fruit, heightening the juiciness and flavor.

Organic peaches, nectarines, apricots and berries are in stores this month, and we’re delighting in all the ways to use them. We’re betting you already have a favorite pie and crumble recipe, so give these unusual baking recipes a go. Baking brings out the sugars in the fruit, heightening the juiciness and flavor.

Coal trains

Few environmental issues have raised local fervor as much as the coal trains planned for the Pacific Northwest. Opponents warn that shipping coal through the Northwest will reduce our air and water quality, affecting public health, as well as rivers and wildlife — including salmon habitat — along the shipping routes.

Few environmental issues have raised local fervor as much as the coal trains planned for the Pacific Northwest. Opponents warn that shipping coal through the Northwest will reduce our air and water quality, affecting public health, as well as rivers and wildlife — including salmon habitat — along the shipping routes.

GE labeling victory

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Wash., D.C. lobbying group, says it will sue the state of Vermont in federal court to overturn the nation’s first law to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Wash., D.C. lobbying group, says it will sue the state of Vermont in federal court to overturn the nation’s first law to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Take our picnic safety quiz

You may be surprised to learn what things you need to do to keep food safe next time you’re packing for a picnic or other outdoor excursion.

You may be surprised to learn what things you need to do to keep food safe next time you’re packing for a picnic or other outdoor excursion.

Letters to the editor

Produce stickers · Choose organic to avoid pesticides · Grass-fed and feedlots · Grapeseed oil · Microbeads · Plastic bags · Arsenic in rice · Food sensitivities

Produce stickers · Choose organic to avoid pesticides · Grass-fed and feedlots · Grapeseed oil · Microbeads · Plastic bags · Arsenic in rice · Food sensitivities

News bites

Organic solutions for livestock · Oil spills deform fish · France bans GE corn · Antarctic whaling stopped? · China destroys GE crops · Farm internship program · Warmer nights in PNW · City buys farmland · Not all Kashi “natural” · Morning light for healthy weight? · Vitamin D to prevent disease · Kentucky hemp

Organic solutions for livestock · Oil spills deform fish · France bans GE corn · Antarctic whaling stopped? · China destroys GE crops · Farm internship program · Warmer nights in PNW · City buys farmland · Not all Kashi “natural” · Morning light for healthy weight? · Vitamin D to prevent disease · Kentucky hemp

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about the shortage of hard cider apples, why prices for limes are sky-high, grants for young farmers, and how chickens are the latest therapy animals, providing companionship for the elderly in nursing homes.

Learn about the shortage of hard cider apples, why prices for limes are sky-high, grants for young farmers, and how chickens are the latest therapy animals, providing companionship for the elderly in nursing homes.

Sound Consumer, June 2014