PCC Sound Consumer | January 2007

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January 2007

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Who owns organic? From roots to suits

by Debra Daniels Zeller

Organic once described a tiny movement to create a more ecologically sustainable, socially just and humane food system. Now the commercial use of this word in the United States is controlled by the Department of Agriculture, a massive federal bureaucracy that regulates a $15 billion-a-year organic food industry.

Wal-Mart charged with selling non-organic food as organic

The Cornucopia Institute has filed a formal legal complaint asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate evidence that Wal-Mart is selling non-organic food illegally as “organic.”

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Antimicrobial handwipes: a false sense of security?

Occasionally PCC is asked by members or other shoppers to provide antimicrobial wipes for shopping cart handles and/or for cashiers who touch both money and food. So we looked into this by consulting with experts and collecting information to shape our decision. What we found may surprise you.

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Great year ahead for organic farmland

This month the Trust reports on looking ahead and highlights of what to expect in 2007, ways to give to the Trust, and a fundraising progress report.

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