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Sound Consumer, January/February 2020 | Issue No. 555

Labeling laws target “burgers,” “milk” and even “rice”

As vegetarian and vegan alternates to animal-based products become even more mainstream, new laws are barring manufacturers from using terms like “milk” or “meat” on their labels.

As vegetarian and vegan alternates to animal-based products become even more mainstream, new laws are barring manufacturers from using terms like “milk” or “meat” on their labels.

Making a difference, one person at a time

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Author Tara Austen Weaver used hers to learn about food waste, packaging problems—and whether one person can truly make a difference in the world.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Author Tara Austen Weaver used hers to learn about food waste, packaging problems—and whether one person can truly make a difference in the world.

Recipe for wellness

The weather outside might be frightful, but we’ve got some delightful home remedies for winter woes, with recipes for elderberry syrup, fire cider and moisturizing body crème.

The weather outside might be frightful, but we’ve got some delightful home remedies for winter woes, with recipes for elderberry syrup, fire cider and moisturizing body crème.

New discounts for PCC members

As PCC launches its new member benefit program, we’re offering discounts in partnership with other local businesses who share our values.

As PCC launches its new member benefit program, we’re offering discounts in partnership with other local businesses who share our values.

Member response to the new member benefit

Since announcing PCC’s new member benefit program, we’ve gotten feedback at the register, through email and by phone. Here’s an overview of what we’ve heard and answers to some common questions.

Since announcing PCC’s new member benefit program, we’ve gotten feedback at the register, through email and by phone. Here’s an overview of what we’ve heard and answers to some common questions.

Organics: an issue of health equity

Should organic foods be a priority for food banks? The issue involves a societal narrative that is rooted in politics, big business and profit, but not necessarily in health.

Should organic foods be a priority for food banks? The issue involves a societal narrative that is rooted in politics, big business and profit, but not necessarily in health.

PCC GE labeling 2.0

As GE labeling enters a new era, PCC is taking steps to meet the new national standards and encourage transparency.

As GE labeling enters a new era, PCC is taking steps to meet the new national standards and encourage transparency.

PCC Farmland Trust celebrates 20 years

In the 20 years since purchasing its first piece of land, the PCC Farmland Trust has protected 23 farms, conserved more than 2,500 acres, and supported 85 farm businesses.

In the 20 years since purchasing its first piece of land, the PCC Farmland Trust has protected 23 farms, conserved more than 2,500 acres, and supported 85 farm businesses.

School-sized apples for a fruitful future

Bagged organic “Farm-to-School” apples made a big difference this year to organizations supporting school gardens, cooking classes and other outdoor education programs.

Bagged organic “Farm-to-School” apples made a big difference this year to organizations supporting school gardens, cooking classes and other outdoor education programs.

News bites

Delayed USDA reports  •  Plastic bag ban  •  Oysters and ecosystems  •  Dairy farming lawsuit  •  New home for bee studies  •  Reducing agricultural plastic  •  World’s best cheese  •  Arrowhead Mills sold  •  Do we still love kale?  •  County studies compost  •  Antibiotic resistance in animals  •  Home meals reduce toxics  •  Wheat’s climate threats

Delayed USDA reports  •  Plastic bag ban  •  Oysters and ecosystems  •  Dairy farming lawsuit  •  New home for bee studies  •  Reducing agricultural plastic  •  World’s best cheese  •  Arrowhead Mills sold  •  Do we still love kale?  •  County studies compost  •  Antibiotic resistance in animals  •  Home meals reduce toxics  •  Wheat’s climate threats

Working to reduce our carbon footprint

From riding the bus to brewing coffee, virtually every action we take has a carbon footprint. Here’s how PCC measures this footprint and takes steps to reduce it.

From riding the bus to brewing coffee, virtually every action we take has a carbon footprint. Here’s how PCC measures this footprint and takes steps to reduce it.

Letters

Faster sourdough starter  •  Lead-free turmeric  •  Ban drivers from idling  •  Reusable vs. PLA  •  West Seattle parking

Faster sourdough starter  •  Lead-free turmeric  •  Ban drivers from idling  •  Reusable vs. PLA  •  West Seattle parking

Sound Consumer, January/February 2020 | Issue No. 555