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Sound Consumer, December 2014

Food fads: how they differ from meaningful shifts in food culture

Consumers are maturing from obsessions with bacon and kale to a love of all sorts of dishes and cuisines, along with broader interests in wellness, organic agriculture, and what makes food taste good.

Consumers are maturing from obsessions with bacon and kale to a love of all sorts of dishes and cuisines, along with broader interests in wellness, organic agriculture, and what makes food taste good.

Nuts about cookies

The holidays are a good time to look beyond our shores to culinary inspiration from abroad — especially when it comes to cookies with nuts. Here we offer four recipes to bake up for parties or potlucks, or to savor any day, with a steaming cup of coffee.

The holidays are a good time to look beyond our shores to culinary inspiration from abroad — especially when it comes to cookies with nuts. Here we offer four recipes to bake up for parties or potlucks, or to savor any day, with a steaming cup of coffee.

Robots in the milking parlor

Washington dairies are leading the way toward new technology. As sustainable dairies turn to robotic systems, the robots are helping them to become more sustainable businesses.

Washington dairies are leading the way toward new technology. As sustainable dairies turn to robotic systems, the robots are helping them to become more sustainable businesses.

Holistic health options for pets

Healthful choices for pets have increased exponentially in the past few decades. Raw food, grain-free kibble, joint supplements, digestive enzymes, homeopathic remedies and herbs — so many choices can make pet owners wonder where to start.

Healthful choices for pets have increased exponentially in the past few decades. Raw food, grain-free kibble, joint supplements, digestive enzymes, homeopathic remedies and herbs — so many choices can make pet owners wonder where to start.

Organic dairy shortage

Shoppers for organic butter, cream and yogurt are facing higher prices or, worse, empty shelves as we head into the holidays. If we want a sustainable supply, we’re going to have to put our money where our values are and pay farmers enough to stay in business.

Shoppers for organic butter, cream and yogurt are facing higher prices or, worse, empty shelves as we head into the holidays. If we want a sustainable supply, we’re going to have to put our money where our values are and pay farmers enough to stay in business.

Community impact award

On October 22, PCC was honored by Seattle Business magazine as part of the publication’s first annual Community Impact Awards Program.

On October 22, PCC was honored by Seattle Business magazine as part of the publication’s first annual Community Impact Awards Program.

Letters to the editor

Healthier receipt paper · Climate change and Northwest agriculture · Bottled water · Coatings on produce · PCC sponsorship · Canola oil · Storing flax seeds · Correction: Organic ciders

Healthier receipt paper · Climate change and Northwest agriculture · Bottled water · Coatings on produce · PCC sponsorship · Canola oil · Storing flax seeds · Correction: Organic ciders

News bites

Chocolate improves memory? · PCC supports climate action · Pollinators alleviate malnutrition? · Study: labeling won’t raise prices · Non-GMO claims · GE corn lawsuit  · Seattle bans bee-killing pesticides · EPA sued over 2,4-D approval · Fracking pollutes aquifers · Study: soda linked to accelerated aging · Fraudulent shrimp

Chocolate improves memory? · PCC supports climate action · Pollinators alleviate malnutrition? · Study: labeling won’t raise prices · Non-GMO claims · GE corn lawsuit  · Seattle bans bee-killing pesticides · EPA sued over 2,4-D approval · Fracking pollutes aquifers · Study: soda linked to accelerated aging · Fraudulent shrimp

PCC Board of Trustees report

Board report · Next board meeting · 2014-2015 nominating committee report

Board report · Next board meeting · 2014-2015 nominating committee report

Sound Consumer, December 2014