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Sound Consumer, April 2016

Breeding better organic produce locally

Farmers and scientists are collaborating to breed more local, organic versions of desirable crops essential for a changing climate. Along with flavorful new vegetables, the work is yielding healthier crops, a more robust market, and farm resiliency.

Farmers and scientists are collaborating to breed more local, organic versions of desirable crops essential for a changing climate. Along with flavorful new vegetables, the work is yielding healthier crops, a more robust market, and farm resiliency.

Organic is better

A systematic review of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that organic crop yields are higher than previously thought.

A systematic review of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that organic crop yields are higher than previously thought.

Proposed PCC bylaws

PCC members have the opportunity to support our co-op by voting in our annual election between April 13 and May 23. They’ll vote for a new board of trustees, a new nominating committee, and a proposed set of of amended bylaws.

PCC members have the opportunity to support our co-op by voting in our annual election between April 13 and May 23. They’ll vote for a new board of trustees, a new nominating committee, and a proposed set of of amended bylaws.

Local asparagus, global flavors

It’s here! First-of-the-season stalks of fresh asparagus, bringing a burst of spring to your plate. We love them simply grilled or blanched, but don’t let the season pass without getting a little creative with herbs and spices! Try these four lively recipes with roots in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Italy.

It’s here! First-of-the-season stalks of fresh asparagus, bringing a burst of spring to your plate. We love them simply grilled or blanched, but don’t let the season pass without getting a little creative with herbs and spices! Try these four lively recipes with roots in India, Vietnam, Thailand and Italy.

Buy honey, save the bee

PCC honey vendor GloryBee donates a portion of proceeds to research about causes and solutions to Colony Collapse Disorder.

PCC honey vendor GloryBee donates a portion of proceeds to research about causes and solutions to Colony Collapse Disorder.

PCC Discovery Day

Saturday, April 23: All PCC stores will host displays, special guests, product and cooking demos — and PCC food, of course — We’ll share with members and shoppers the many ways PCC partners with local organizations and vendors in our communities.

Saturday, April 23: All PCC stores will host displays, special guests, product and cooking demos — and PCC food, of course — We’ll share with members and shoppers the many ways PCC partners with local organizations and vendors in our communities.

Letters to the editor

Avoiding carbs? · Sprouting grains and beans · Liquid smoke · Sugar in the deli/bakery · Toxic cashew resin? · Animal welfare standards · Reusable containers

Avoiding carbs? · Sprouting grains and beans · Liquid smoke · Sugar in the deli/bakery · Toxic cashew resin? · Animal welfare standards · Reusable containers

News bites

Organic dairy, meat benefits · FDA revises raw-milk cheese stance · Obama’s action on slave labor · New study: fish good for brain · Lead in water · Pesticide combinations more toxic · Parmesan cheese fraud · Testing for glyphosate in food · Maple syrup labels · Controversial GE banana trial

Organic dairy, meat benefits · FDA revises raw-milk cheese stance · Obama’s action on slave labor · New study: fish good for brain · Lead in water · Pesticide combinations more toxic · Parmesan cheese fraud · Testing for glyphosate in food · Maple syrup labels · Controversial GE banana trial

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about how California almond farmers are earning less, genetically engineered Fuji apples and trout may be on the way, and investment in agriculture tech startups is rising.

Learn about how California almond farmers are earning less, genetically engineered Fuji apples and trout may be on the way, and investment in agriculture tech startups is rising.

PCC Board of Trustees report

Proposed PCC bylaws: key revisions · Bylaws questions or comments? · A former board member’s thoughts on the bylaws proposal · Board report · Meet the candidates

Proposed PCC bylaws: key revisions · Bylaws questions or comments? · A former board member’s thoughts on the bylaws proposal · Board report · Meet the candidates

Sound Consumer, April 2016