PCC Sound Consumer | April 2005

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April 2005

Fish farm in the ocean, cover artwork for April 2005 Sound Consumer

Offshore fish farming — The selling of common waters

by Anne Mosness

Fishing families live with many of the same traditions, values and heartbreaks as farm families. Knowledge and dreams are passed through generations. Stores are often far beyond the horizon so improvisational skills are essential, especially with duct tape and twine. Pride in bringing nutritious and flavorful foods compensates for long hours and low pay.

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A reminder about changes in PCC benefits

Save 10% on the shopping trip of your choice — now a permanent benefit. After listening to feedback and carefully evaluating costs, we’re happy to report that this flexible discount is now a permanent part of our member benefits package.

Tillamook bans rBGH

The board of the Tillamook Creamery Association on the Oregon Coast (provider of the longtime Northwest favorite, Tillamook cheese) recently voted unanimously to stop accepting milk from any of its 147 member dairy farmers that use the controversial synthetic growth hormone, rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) also referred to as rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin).

Sheep at the Sally Jackson farm

Sally Jackson Cheeses

Sally has been making cheeses for 30 years, initially using the milk from a modest herd of two goats and one cow. Sally and Roger Jackson’s secluded farm near Chesaw, Wash., has grown since then — with up to 16 goats, 45 sheep and four cows — and so has Sally’s reputation for making great cheese.

Shayne Foley

Herbal cleansing and the healing power of nature

Nature seemingly encourages the use of cleansing alteratives by giving us a bounty of herbs such as dandelion, burdock, echinacea, chickweed, violets, baptisia, cleavers and so on. Many alteratives burst into life as we transition into early spring, enticing us to throw off the heavy encumbrance and accumulated waste of winter.

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Private and public conservation efforts at risk: Help the PCC Farmland Fund

Special report: The U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation is recommending measures that would severely limit efforts to save farmland. The recommendations from the committee could destroy incentives for landowners that have been essential to conserve private and public land. The incentives, in place for more than 25 years, have led to voluntary conservation of more than 35 million acres of working agricultural lands, working forests, wildlife habitats, historic landscapes and parklands.

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