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Sound Consumer, January 2017

Go with the flow?

With news of poor water quality from Michigan to Texas, you may be wondering about the purity of water in the Seattle area. In general, our region enjoys high-quality water. Even so, problems can crop up from time to time, but there are simple steps we can take to ensure purity.

With news of poor water quality from Michigan to Texas, you may be wondering about the purity of water in the Seattle area. In general, our region enjoys high-quality water. Even so, problems can crop up from time to time, but there are simple steps we can take to ensure purity.

Vegetables even picky eaters will love

Whether you have picky eaters to satisfy or just want to add easy staple dishes to your cooking repertoire, PCC Cooks instructor and author Cynthia Lair has you covered.

Whether you have picky eaters to satisfy or just want to add easy staple dishes to your cooking repertoire, PCC Cooks instructor and author Cynthia Lair has you covered.

Staff picks

This month our staff are crazy about PCC shrimp and crab cakes, bulk almond butter, two stand-out wines, a soothing face cream, and more. Also, stock up on Kishu mandarins and Marmalade Seville oranges while they’re in season!

This month our staff are crazy about PCC shrimp and crab cakes, bulk almond butter, two stand-out wines, a soothing face cream, and more. Also, stock up on Kishu mandarins and Marmalade Seville oranges while they’re in season!

Choosing safer soap

Even before the FDA banned triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients in hand and body washes, PCC sold safer alternatives made with antibacterials from plants. Here are some favorite cleansers.

Even before the FDA banned triclosan and other antibacterial ingredients in hand and body washes, PCC sold safer alternatives made with antibacterials from plants. Here are some favorite cleansers.

Organic standards updates

The National Organic Standards Board considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling and processing of organic products. Read about its recent decisions regarding hydroponics, carrageenan, xanthan gum, beta carotene and marine algae.

The National Organic Standards Board considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling and processing of organic products. Read about its recent decisions regarding hydroponics, carrageenan, xanthan gum, beta carotene and marine algae.

Tips for getting your child to love vegetables

PCC Cooks instructor and cookbook author Cynthia Lair says, “In almost every class that I’ve taught for parents, someone raises their hand to say, ‘My husband/daughter/son hates vegetables. What should I do?’” Here are tips for getting your kids to like vegetables, from carrots to kale.

PCC Cooks instructor and cookbook author Cynthia Lair says, “In almost every class that I’ve taught for parents, someone raises their hand to say, ‘My husband/daughter/son hates vegetables. What should I do?’” Here are tips for getting your kids to like vegetables, from carrots to kale.

Customer feedback survey

There’s a new way you can share feedback with PCC! Beginning this winter, we’ll randomly invite shoppers to complete a short survey using a link printed on their cash register receipts.

There’s a new way you can share feedback with PCC! Beginning this winter, we’ll randomly invite shoppers to complete a short survey using a link printed on their cash register receipts.

Sound Consumer change

Starting next month, the print version of Sound Consumer will have a different look. Instead of 12 pages, it will be reduced to 8 pages because we’ll no longer host advertisements.

Starting next month, the print version of Sound Consumer will have a different look. Instead of 12 pages, it will be reduced to 8 pages because we’ll no longer host advertisements.

Letters to the editor

Animal welfare · Pure éire Dairy · Organic Farm School · Rinsing quinoa? · Glyphosate in food · Field Day · Customer service at PCC · Correction

Animal welfare · Pure éire Dairy · Organic Farm School · Rinsing quinoa? · Glyphosate in food · Field Day · Customer service at PCC · Correction

News bites

Seafood guidelines: too much mercury? · Sustainable food system windfall? · Can AI help save tuna? · Spokane vs. Monsanto lawsuit · New soda taxes · GMA to appeal fine · Fracking impact on drinking water · WHO calls for more sugar taxes · Sonoma County bans GE · Food banks reject sugar

Seafood guidelines: too much mercury? · Sustainable food system windfall? · Can AI help save tuna? · Spokane vs. Monsanto lawsuit · New soda taxes · GMA to appeal fine · Fracking impact on drinking water · WHO calls for more sugar taxes · Sonoma County bans GE · Food banks reject sugar

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn about PCC Farmland Trust’s 20 new projects, a new startup’s attempts to farm the elusive black truffle mushroom, Canada’s crude oil pipeline project, and more!

Learn about PCC Farmland Trust’s 20 new projects, a new startup’s attempts to farm the elusive black truffle mushroom, Canada’s crude oil pipeline project, and more!

PCC Board of Trustees report

November board meeting · 2017–2018 Board of Trustees applicant slate · Next board meeting · Contact the Board of Trustees

November board meeting · 2017–2018 Board of Trustees applicant slate · Next board meeting · Contact the Board of Trustees

Sound Consumer, January 2017