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.
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Sound Consumer, March/April 2021 | Issue No. 562
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more than a decade, PCC has been engaged in the fight against the Pebble Mine. Here’s a look at the long journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunities to eat local are now easier to find statewide, thanks to the new Washington Food and Farm Finder.
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.
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.
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.
Label laws • Finding information on pine nuts • Synthetic tea bags • Sound Consumer in stores • Raw flour warnings
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
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.
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.
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.