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Sound Consumer, July/August 2020 | Issue No. 558

OPENING DOORS FOR NEW FARMERS

A farm “incubator” in the Skagit Valley is cultivating a diverse new generation of farmers. The program at Viva Farms includes training in sustainable agriculture as well as low-cost access to land, equipment and other needs.

A farm “incubator” in the Skagit Valley is cultivating a diverse new generation of farmers. The program at Viva Farms includes training in sustainable agriculture as well as low-cost access to land, equipment and other needs.

CHOOSING A SAFE SUNSCREEN

Major changes in sunscreen regulations are on the horizon in the U.S. Here’s a look at PCC’s sunscreen standards and information to help inform your own choices about which products to use.

Major changes in sunscreen regulations are on the horizon in the U.S. Here’s a look at PCC’s sunscreen standards and information to help inform your own choices about which products to use.

NUTS TO THAT?! FLAWS REVEALED IN HOW WE COUNT CALORIES

New research shows that almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts provide fewer calories than we once thought. It turns out the way we track calories, which is rooted in 19th-century science, has some fundamental flaws.

New research shows that almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts provide fewer calories than we once thought. It turns out the way we track calories, which is rooted in 19th-century science, has some fundamental flaws.

“PEAK NUTRITION” FROM A STAR CHEF

Acclaimed chef Maria Hines has a new cookbook to help people fuel their bodies for outdoor activities. Hines, a rock climbing and kayaking enthusiast, shares her recipe for Plum Cardamom Fruit Roll-ups and her thoughts on preparing foods for outdoor adventures.

Acclaimed chef Maria Hines has a new cookbook to help people fuel their bodies for outdoor activities. Hines, a rock climbing and kayaking enthusiast, shares her recipe for Plum Cardamom Fruit Roll-ups and her thoughts on preparing foods for outdoor adventures.

DO VEGETABLES HAVE PROTEIN?

Meat gets a lot of justifiable credit for its protein content, but vegetables and other plant-based foods can pack a protein punch too. From cooked greens to lentils and even potatoes, our partners at Bastyr University provide this look at incorporating plant-based proteins into a balanced diet.

Meat gets a lot of justifiable credit for its protein content, but vegetables and other plant-based foods can pack a protein punch too. From cooked greens to lentils and even potatoes, our partners at Bastyr University provide this look at incorporating plant-based proteins into a balanced diet.

ORGANIC STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER

Surprising as it may seem, virtually all organic strawberries grown in the U.S. come from non-organic plants. But changes are slowly coming.

Surprising as it may seem, virtually all organic strawberries grown in the U.S. come from non-organic plants. But changes are slowly coming.

COURT DECISION ON GMO LABELING INITIATIVE

Many PCC members had supported Yes on 522, a 2013 ballot initiative on labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) Now a state Supreme Court ruling says that an opponent to the measure violated campaign laws.

Many PCC members had supported Yes on 522, a 2013 ballot initiative on labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs.) Now a state Supreme Court ruling says that an opponent to the measure violated campaign laws.

“OBSOLETE” BLUEBERRY FARM GROWS INTO SWEET SUCCESS

The blueberries at Bow Hill Blueberries, a 5-acre farm established in the 1940s, are “heritage” varieties that produce spectacular blueberry juices and other organic products. The Seattle Seahawks kitchen uses berries from the organic farm to make smoothies for its players.

The blueberries at Bow Hill Blueberries, a 5-acre farm established in the 1940s, are “heritage” varieties that produce spectacular blueberry juices and other organic products. The Seattle Seahawks kitchen uses berries from the organic farm to make smoothies for its players.

LABEL LOWDOWN: “GRASS-FED BEEF”

What do the various “Grass-fed beef” labels guarantee? What are their drawbacks? Experts at Consumer Reports help make sense of the label claims.

What do the various “Grass-fed beef” labels guarantee? What are their drawbacks? Experts at Consumer Reports help make sense of the label claims.

ORGANIC HYDROPONICS LAWSUIT

The battle over organic certification of hydroponically produced crops is now a question for the court system.

The battle over organic certification of hydroponically produced crops is now a question for the court system.

PCC CONDUCTS CEO SEARCH

PCC board member Brad Brown is serving as interim CEO while the Board of Trustees seeks a permanent CEO to replace Cate Hardy.

PCC board member Brad Brown is serving as interim CEO while the Board of Trustees seeks a permanent CEO to replace Cate Hardy.

GRANTS SUPPORT FARMS AND LOCAL FOOD

This quarter, PCC was honored to present grants supporting a thriving urban farm in Yesler Terrace and a CSA program in underserved communities.

This quarter, PCC was honored to present grants supporting a thriving urban farm in Yesler Terrace and a CSA program in underserved communities.

WORKING TOGETHER WITH OUR COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKETS

Some may assume that Seattle’s farmers markets and PCC would consider each other direct competitors, Instead, we support each other, sharing a commitment to small-scale farmers and community-led food access work.

Some may assume that Seattle’s farmers markets and PCC would consider each other direct competitors, Instead, we support each other, sharing a commitment to small-scale farmers and community-led food access work.

A Win Win Asparagus Delivery

Manny Canales of Concrete-based Canales Produce delivered more than 300 pounds of fresh asparagus to the Ballard Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank as part of the partnership between the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance and PCC’s partner food banks.

Manny Canales of Concrete-based Canales Produce delivered more than 300 pounds of fresh asparagus to the Ballard Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank as part of the partnership between the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance and PCC’s partner food banks.

COOLING DOWN CLIMATE CHANGE WITH BETTER REFRIGERANTS

PCC is tackling refrigeration climate impacts across the co-op. We’ve already reduced our refrigerant leaks by 266 pounds this year compared to 2017, a 5% reduction in our carbon emissions associated with refrigerants.

PCC is tackling refrigeration climate impacts across the co-op. We’ve already reduced our refrigerant leaks by 266 pounds this year compared to 2017, a 5% reduction in our carbon emissions associated with refrigerants.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dietitians and “Kid Food”  •  Animal Farm  •  Newspapers and Community  •  Farmworker Policies

Dietitians and “Kid Food”  •  Animal Farm  •  Newspapers and Community  •  Farmworker Policies

NEWS BITES

“Lost” apples rediscovered  •  Revisiting meat labels  •  Chef earns grist honors  •  School lunch lawsuit  •  Carbon neutral tea  •  Stress-buying chicks  •  Tribal fisheries agreement  •  Plastics packaging research  •  Wine industry grant  •  Increased conservation easements  •  Mushrooming demand  •  Loosening pesticide regulations  •  Cattle tracking program

“Lost” apples rediscovered  •  Revisiting meat labels  •  Chef earns grist honors  •  School lunch lawsuit  •  Carbon neutral tea  •  Stress-buying chicks  •  Tribal fisheries agreement  •  Plastics packaging research  •  Wine industry grant  •  Increased conservation easements  •  Mushrooming demand  •  Loosening pesticide regulations  •  Cattle tracking program

CO-OP PURPOSES REPORT

The annual PCC Co-op Purposes Report shares PCC’s financial data and specifics on the successes and challenges we’ve seen while working toward our social, environmental and financial goals.

The annual PCC Co-op Purposes Report shares PCC’s financial data and specifics on the successes and challenges we’ve seen while working toward our social, environmental and financial goals.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE ERA OF VIRTUAL CONNECTIONS

We appreciate how our members have embraced new methods to interact with us this year. Among the changes: Our cooking classes maintained a high level of connection even as they moved online.

We appreciate how our members have embraced new methods to interact with us this year. Among the changes: Our cooking classes maintained a high level of connection even as they moved online.

Sound Consumer, July/August 2020 | Issue No. 558