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Sound Consumer, September 2016

The real cost of food

Consumers don’t pay the true price of food at grocery stores and restaurants — the social, economic and health costs often aren’t factored into the prices we see on receipts. But some companies — including many brands sold at PCC — are demonstrating that meeting global demands for food, making a profit and doing so sustainably are not mutually exclusive.

Consumers don’t pay the true price of food at grocery stores and restaurants — the social, economic and health costs often aren’t factored into the prices we see on receipts. But some companies — including many brands sold at PCC — are demonstrating that meeting global demands for food, making a profit and doing so sustainably are not mutually exclusive.

PCC’s new office

Our office has moved! Our new address is: 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121.

Our office has moved! Our new address is: 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121.

Buy apples, support kids

PCC is helping fund farm-to-school education in our region.

PCC is helping fund farm-to-school education in our region.

DARK Act update

Under the DARK Act signed into law last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to set up a national standard for labeling genetically engineered food. Here’s what it means.

Under the DARK Act signed into law last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has two years to set up a national standard for labeling genetically engineered food. Here’s what it means.

Broccoli revolution

It’s election season, so what better way to get swept up in the excitement than with … broccoli? It’s a seasonal treat from local farmers for just a short while — sweeter and less bitter than at other times of year — so we’re eating it at all meals: tucking it into breakfast quiche, in salads for lunch, and in hearty stir-fries for dinner. We’ve selected a few of our favorite recipes.

It’s election season, so what better way to get swept up in the excitement than with … broccoli? It’s a seasonal treat from local farmers for just a short while — sweeter and less bitter than at other times of year — so we’re eating it at all meals: tucking it into breakfast quiche, in salads for lunch, and in hearty stir-fries for dinner. We’ve selected a few of our favorite recipes.

Yogurt culture

Without sweeteners or added ingredients, plain yogurt is a canvas for creativity. Learn about its health benefits (hint: fat equals flavor and health!), and about five yogurts we love.

Without sweeteners or added ingredients, plain yogurt is a canvas for creativity. Learn about its health benefits (hint: fat equals flavor and health!), and about five yogurts we love.

Staff picks

This month our staff are raving about PCC deli’s handmade guacamole and lamb burgers, new local goat cheeses from Sunny Pine Farm, collagen powder for healthy skin and hair, and more. Also, don’t miss the first of the season’s local, organic Honeycrisp apples, Bosc and Seckel pears, and Flavor Grenade pluots!

This month our staff are raving about PCC deli’s handmade guacamole and lamb burgers, new local goat cheeses from Sunny Pine Farm, collagen powder for healthy skin and hair, and more. Also, don’t miss the first of the season’s local, organic Honeycrisp apples, Bosc and Seckel pears, and Flavor Grenade pluots!

Bothell PCC opens with warm community welcome

The new PCC store in Bothell opened in July. It features a rotisserie, a Mexican-style Taqueria, full-service meat and seafood counters, and a produce department that’s 95-percent organic.

The new PCC store in Bothell opened in July. It features a rotisserie, a Mexican-style Taqueria, full-service meat and seafood counters, and a produce department that’s 95-percent organic.

Local malts for local beer

Hops have been the top emphasis for many local craft brewers. But hoppiness is not the only route to microbrew happiness, and a Skagit Valley company that is malting local barley, helped by university plant breeders, willing farmers and adventurous brewers, is poised to trigger a major change in our beer palate.

Hops have been the top emphasis for many local craft brewers. But hoppiness is not the only route to microbrew happiness, and a Skagit Valley company that is malting local barley, helped by university plant breeders, willing farmers and adventurous brewers, is poised to trigger a major change in our beer palate.

Letters to the editor

Plastics and packaging · Aseptic package lining · “Meal shakes” · Non-organic products · Benecol margarine · Animal fat oils · Aid for farmers · Artificial hair dye · Sugar in the bakery

Plastics and packaging · Aseptic package lining · “Meal shakes” · Non-organic products · Benecol margarine · Animal fat oils · Aid for farmers · Artificial hair dye · Sugar in the bakery

News bites

Nuts reduce inflammation? · Artificial sweeteners increase appetite · Dannon to label GE foods · Instagramming makes food taste better · Eat unrestricted fat? · Glyphosate linked to toxic algae · Illegal GE wheat found in Washington · Consumers spurn QR codes · Fish recognize faces · Post Foods sued over “natural” claim

Nuts reduce inflammation? · Artificial sweeteners increase appetite · Dannon to label GE foods · Instagramming makes food taste better · Eat unrestricted fat? · Glyphosate linked to toxic algae · Illegal GE wheat found in Washington · Consumers spurn QR codes · Fish recognize faces · Post Foods sued over “natural” claim

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about Applegate’s pledge to go non-GE, consumers’ commitment to sustainability, Washington’s proposed water quality rule, and Monsanto’s new GE soybeans.

Learn about Applegate’s pledge to go non-GE, consumers’ commitment to sustainability, Washington’s proposed water quality rule, and Monsanto’s new GE soybeans.

PCC Board of Trustees report

July Board Meeting · Ends Policies · Global Ends · Next board meeting · Board recruiting ongoing

July Board Meeting · Ends Policies · Global Ends · Next board meeting · Board recruiting ongoing

Sound Consumer, September 2016