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Sound Consumer, May 2019 | Issue No. 549

Oysters and ecosystems

Consider the oyster. A recurring battle over pesticide use in Washington waters shows us some lessons about the unintended consequences of tinkering with ecosystems — and the need for continued vigilance in environmental issues.

Consider the oyster. A recurring battle over pesticide use in Washington waters shows us some lessons about the unintended consequences of tinkering with ecosystems — and the need for continued vigilance in environmental issues.

Letters to the Editor

Member Benefits  •  Reducing shampoo packaging  •  Gluten-free trigger?  •  Raw milk?  •  Salt and microplastics  •  Deli box options

Member Benefits  •  Reducing shampoo packaging  •  Gluten-free trigger?  •  Raw milk?  •  Salt and microplastics  •  Deli box options

FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD FOOD

PCC Cooks now offers some 1,600 classes per year. Here’s the story of how the program began more than 30 years ago, and how it grew into a community.

PCC Cooks now offers some 1,600 classes per year. Here’s the story of how the program began more than 30 years ago, and how it grew into a community.

News Bites

Kale joins dirty dozen  •  Seafood fraud report  •  Rainforests vs. chocolate  •  Roundup cancer link  •  Tracking beehive theft  •  Regulating nutrition labels  •  Meatless Mondays for NYC kids  •  More Washington wine  •  Dairy farm challenges  •  “Natural” label is attractive  •  MorningStar Farms goes vegan

Kale joins dirty dozen  •  Seafood fraud report  •  Rainforests vs. chocolate  •  Roundup cancer link  •  Tracking beehive theft  •  Regulating nutrition labels  •  Meatless Mondays for NYC kids  •  More Washington wine  •  Dairy farm challenges  •  “Natural” label is attractive  •  MorningStar Farms goes vegan

NURTURE YOUR DNA

A healthy diet is important, but you might also want to think about a personalized diet. Nutritionist Tom Ballard discusses the latest on genetic health.

A healthy diet is important, but you might also want to think about a personalized diet. Nutritionist Tom Ballard discusses the latest on genetic health.

The Issue with Tissue

How would you grade your toilet paper, tissues and paper towels? A new report looks at sustainability issues in the industry and issues some harsh grades. (Spoiler: Brands that PCC carries won high marks.)

How would you grade your toilet paper, tissues and paper towels? A new report looks at sustainability issues in the industry and issues some harsh grades. (Spoiler: Brands that PCC carries won high marks.)

CHANGES TO OUR CO-OP’S BYLAWS

The PCC Board of Trustees recently adopted several Bylaw amendments and one new standard. Here are full details on changes made to support the co-op’s future success.

The PCC Board of Trustees recently adopted several Bylaw amendments and one new standard. Here are full details on changes made to support the co-op’s future success.

Our co-op community

Columbia City Farmers Market  •  Green Lake Food Walk  •  Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo  •  Seattle Works Day  •  May customer service star

Columbia City Farmers Market  •  Green Lake Food Walk  •  Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo  •  Seattle Works Day  •  May customer service star

Policy Updates

Stopping pesticides in our waters  •  Save Bristol Bay

Stopping pesticides in our waters  •  Save Bristol Bay

Producer Partnerships

Alter Eco chocolates has a focus on small farmers and fair-trade practices. The company’s products are certified organic, carbon neutral, non-GMO… and decadently delicious.

Alter Eco chocolates has a focus on small farmers and fair-trade practices. The company’s products are certified organic, carbon neutral, non-GMO… and decadently delicious.

SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Natural food companies from around the world gather each spring at Expo West, the industry’s largest annual trade show. At this year’s meeting, PCC staff hosted a sold-out summit on sustainable packaging, as well as investigating the newest trends and products for our stores.

Natural food companies from around the world gather each spring at Expo West, the industry’s largest annual trade show. At this year’s meeting, PCC staff hosted a sold-out summit on sustainable packaging, as well as investigating the newest trends and products for our stores.

Updates for Spring

Dirt alert  •  Protecting pollinators  •  Happy birthday Burien PCC  •  Mark your calendar

Dirt alert  •  Protecting pollinators  •  Happy birthday Burien PCC  •  Mark your calendar

Sound Consumer, May 2019 | Issue No. 549