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Sound Consumer, March 2019 | Issue No. 547

Eat organic, lower cancer risk by 25%?

Unusually promising new research suggests eating organic foods sharply drops the risk of developing certain cancers. Researchers believe the results may come from the reduced pesticide residues found in organic produce.

Unusually promising new research suggests eating organic foods sharply drops the risk of developing certain cancers. Researchers believe the results may come from the reduced pesticide residues found in organic produce.

New study finds less diabetes with organics

People who buy organic foods most frequently are far less likely to develop diabetes, according to this research study. The effect was most pronounced with animal products; the greatest benefits were associated with purchasing organic milk, eggs, or meats.

People who buy organic foods most frequently are far less likely to develop diabetes, according to this research study. The effect was most pronounced with animal products; the greatest benefits were associated with purchasing organic milk, eggs, or meats.

Letters to the editor

Plant-forward eating  •  New bulk shampoo coming  •  Food waste  •  Recycle deodorant containers?  •  Reduce plastic  •  Packaging  •  Palm oil concerns

Plant-forward eating  •  New bulk shampoo coming  •  Food waste  •  Recycle deodorant containers?  •  Reduce plastic  •  Packaging  •  Palm oil concerns

News Bites

Tariffs hurt Washington  •  Tree fruit companies sold  •  Hydroponics core misleading?  •  Disposable diaper chemicals  •  Resistance to plastic  •  Impact of dam removal  •  U.S. votes no on nutrition  •  France phasing out glyphosate  •  EPA approves dicamba  •  Suing to stop farm pay hikes  •  Fish for heart health

Tariffs hurt Washington  •  Tree fruit companies sold  •  Hydroponics core misleading?  •  Disposable diaper chemicals  •  Resistance to plastic  •  Impact of dam removal  •  U.S. votes no on nutrition  •  France phasing out glyphosate  •  EPA approves dicamba  •  Suing to stop farm pay hikes  •  Fish for heart health

PCC member benefit update

Learn some of the results from recent focus groups in our stores! We’ll be using these insights, along with additional research, to help update our member benefit program.

Learn some of the results from recent focus groups in our stores! We’ll be using these insights, along with additional research, to help update our member benefit program.

Sustainability report

PCC staff sorted through 1,600 pounds of generated waste at two locations as part of a zero waste audit. By learning what items are commonly mis-sorted, we hope to update our waste bin labels and help customers and staff divert more waste from the landfill.

PCC staff sorted through 1,600 pounds of generated waste at two locations as part of a zero waste audit. By learning what items are commonly mis-sorted, we hope to update our waste bin labels and help customers and staff divert more waste from the landfill.

Our co-op community

Moisture festival  •  PCC Farmland Trust  •  Winter grant recipients  •  March customer service star

Moisture festival  •  PCC Farmland Trust  •  Winter grant recipients  •  March customer service star

Producer Partnerships: PCC Commissary

Most of PCC’s bakery goods are made from scratch daily at the commissary tucked into the Edmonds store. Developing recipes there is a team effort that can involve 500-pound test batches.

Most of PCC’s bakery goods are made from scratch daily at the commissary tucked into the Edmonds store. Developing recipes there is a team effort that can involve 500-pound test batches.

Straus Dairy: a better model

The family behind the first 100 percent certified organic creamery in the U.S. has a history of beating extraordinary odds through creative solutions.

The family behind the first 100 percent certified organic creamery in the U.S. has a history of beating extraordinary odds through creative solutions.

Organic produce in stores

See what organic produce we’ll have in our stores through March, including a purple sprouting broccoli bred in the Pacific Northwest.

See what organic produce we’ll have in our stores through March, including a purple sprouting broccoli bred in the Pacific Northwest.

Dinner worthy egg dishes

A quick-cooking source of protein and healthy fats, organic eggs are an ideal choice for busy weeknights. The following recipes pack plenty of flavor and make a satisfying meal, whether you prefer your eggs fried, poached or soft boiled.

A quick-cooking source of protein and healthy fats, organic eggs are an ideal choice for busy weeknights. The following recipes pack plenty of flavor and make a satisfying meal, whether you prefer your eggs fried, poached or soft boiled.

NOSB meeting in Seattle

The National Organic Standards Board meets in Seattle April 24-26. Sign up by April 4 to comment.

The National Organic Standards Board meets in Seattle April 24-26. Sign up by April 4 to comment.

Sound Consumer, March 2019 | Issue No. 547