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Sound Consumer, March/April 2021 | Issue No. 562

Can organic farming solve the climate crisis?

As the climate crisis intensifies, a growing number of consumers have begun to see healthy soils as a potential solution. Soil-building techniques now in the limelight are old hat to many organic farmers.

As the climate crisis intensifies, a growing number of consumers have begun to see healthy soils as a potential solution. Soil-building techniques now in the limelight are old hat to many organic farmers.

The “Big Eight” allergens could become the “Big Nine”

New federal guidelines in the works could add sesame to the “Big Eight” major allergens that manufacturers are required to list on food labels. Sesame allergies aren’t as widely known as allergies to soy or fish, but some studies indicate they occur at similar rates in the United States.

New federal guidelines in the works could add sesame to the “Big Eight” major allergens that manufacturers are required to list on food labels. Sesame allergies aren’t as widely known as allergies to soy or fish, but some studies indicate they occur at similar rates in the United States.

The humble magic of soup and survivors

After Caroline Wright was diagnosed with cancer, her soup club became an expression of resilience and hope. Her springtime lentil soup is one of the nourishing recipes she’s shared with her community.

After Caroline Wright was diagnosed with cancer, her soup club became an expression of resilience and hope. Her springtime lentil soup is one of the nourishing recipes she’s shared with her community.

Winning the “Salt Wars” could save lives

Excess salt leads to an estimated 100,000 annual deaths in the United States. Michael Jacobson has spent 45 years fighting to reduce salt in the U.S. food system, and he’s got plenty of ideas for how governments— and individuals —can make progress.

Excess salt leads to an estimated 100,000 annual deaths in the United States. Michael Jacobson has spent 45 years fighting to reduce salt in the U.S. food system, and he’s got plenty of ideas for how governments— and individuals —can make progress.

Pebble Mine has been stopped—for now

Wild salmon lovers can celebrate a recent federal decision blocking the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, but beware complacency. The battle to protect Bristol Bay is far from over.

Wild salmon lovers can celebrate a recent federal decision blocking the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, but beware complacency. The battle to protect Bristol Bay is far from over.

Q&A: Subhadra Terhanian, CEO of Uncle Harry’s Natural Products

The labels on Uncle Harry’s Natural Products look old fashioned, but the small company is a major innovator. CEO Subhadra Terhanian talked with Sound Consumer about zero-waste goals, tricky packaging dilemmas and the benefits of growing up deeply uncool.

The labels on Uncle Harry’s Natural Products look old fashioned, but the small company is a major innovator. CEO Subhadra Terhanian talked with Sound Consumer about zero-waste goals, tricky packaging dilemmas and the benefits of growing up deeply uncool.

A pineapple grows in Bellevue

At The Bellevue Urban Garden, Maybin Chisebuka nurtures the exact forms of prosperity he sought when he left his native Zambia: agricultural abundance and an inspired community.

At The Bellevue Urban Garden, Maybin Chisebuka nurtures the exact forms of prosperity he sought when he left his native Zambia: agricultural abundance and an inspired community.

Think about nutrition when going gluten-free

Convenience and health sometimes collide when trying to meet gluten-free goals. Our Bastyr University correspondent reviews how to make gluten-free grains part of a healthy diet.

Convenience and health sometimes collide when trying to meet gluten-free goals. Our Bastyr University correspondent reviews how to make gluten-free grains part of a healthy diet.

Protecting seaweed for organic crops

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has approved a groundbreaking recommendation to help protect seaweed from overharvesting for use in organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. “It’s not just any species, it’s a foundational species,” one board member said.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has approved a groundbreaking recommendation to help protect seaweed from overharvesting for use in organic fertilizers and soil conditioners. “It’s not just any species, it’s a foundational species,” one board member said.

New grants help organic farmers thrive

Grants from PCC will help three local farms improve and expand their production of organic crops. The grants were open to farmers and producers throughout Washington state, regardless of whether they were PCC suppliers.

Grants from PCC will help three local farms improve and expand their production of organic crops. The grants were open to farmers and producers throughout Washington state, regardless of whether they were PCC suppliers.

Kate Selting Smith is Tilth Alliance’s Advocate of the Year

Advocacy can take many forms in the world of farming, and Katherine Selting Smith seems to make use of them all. The WSU extension worker was named the Tilth Alliance’s Advocate of the Year.

Advocacy can take many forms in the world of farming, and Katherine Selting Smith seems to make use of them all. The WSU extension worker was named the Tilth Alliance’s Advocate of the Year.

Nutrition Access Report

Meet the Community Resource Network, an entirely volunteer-run organization picking up food donations each week from PCC’s Redmond, Kirkland and Issaquah stores. In 2020 alone they provided nearly 400,000 pounds of food from PCC to communities who face high barriers to acquiring safe and healthy food.

Meet the Community Resource Network, an entirely volunteer-run organization picking up food donations each week from PCC’s Redmond, Kirkland and Issaquah stores. In 2020 alone they provided nearly 400,000 pounds of food from PCC to communities who face high barriers to acquiring safe and healthy food.

“Green store checklist” saves water and energy

Just as shoppers check items off shopping lists, staff at PCC stores now walk through the aisles with a unique checklist of opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. A lot of what we include on our Green Store Checklists can also apply to your own home.

Just as shoppers check items off shopping lists, staff at PCC stores now walk through the aisles with a unique checklist of opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint. A lot of what we include on our Green Store Checklists can also apply to your own home.

Letters to the Editor

Label laws  •  Finding information on pine nuts  •  Synthetic tea bags  •  Sound Consumer in stores  •  Raw flour warnings

Label laws  •  Finding information on pine nuts  •  Synthetic tea bags  •  Sound Consumer in stores  •  Raw flour warnings

News Bites

Glyphosate dangers  •  Reprieve for oyster industry  •  Grape harvest drops  •  Farm business development  •  Younger consumers favor fat  •  Organics in the South  •  Glut of apple varieties  •  Salmon deaths explained  •  Court considers union access  •  Rising emissions  •  Singapore approves cultured meat  •  Blueberry farm changes hands  •  Effects of Clean Air Act  •  Diversifying dietetics

Glyphosate dangers  •  Reprieve for oyster industry  •  Grape harvest drops  •  Farm business development  •  Younger consumers favor fat  •  Organics in the South  •  Glut of apple varieties  •  Salmon deaths explained  •  Court considers union access  •  Rising emissions  •  Singapore approves cultured meat  •  Blueberry farm changes hands  •  Effects of Clean Air Act  •  Diversifying dietetics

PCC customer service star

Avery Adams, a deli helper clerk at the Bothell PCC, exudes positivity. Avery saw a bumper sticker recently that said “Humankind. Be Both,” and those are words she tries to live by.

Avery Adams, a deli helper clerk at the Bothell PCC, exudes positivity. Avery saw a bumper sticker recently that said “Humankind. Be Both,” and those are words she tries to live by.

Q&A with Ben Klasky, Member of the PCC Board of Trustees

With the PCC Board of Trustees election coming up, we asked Trustee Ben Klasky, chair of the board’s Governance and Membership Committee, to share some details on the board’s role and responsibilities.

With the PCC Board of Trustees election coming up, we asked Trustee Ben Klasky, chair of the board’s Governance and Membership Committee, to share some details on the board’s role and responsibilities.

PCC Board of Trustees

Members, do we have your current email? Look for important information later this spring on our 2021 election of trustees and details on our upcoming annual meeting.

Members, do we have your current email? Look for important information later this spring on our 2021 election of trustees and details on our upcoming annual meeting.

Sound Consumer, March/April 2021 | Issue No. 562