PCC Sound Consumer | April 2008

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April 2008


The hands that feed us.

Working for farm worker justice

by Matt Geyman

When we think about the food we eat, we may wonder about how and where the food was grown. But rarely do we think about the two million farm workers nationwide — and the 300,000 here in Washington — who tend and harvest the fruits and vegetables we enjoy so much.


Pacific Northwest's first Green Festival

by Tom Monahan

With its focus on sustainability, Seattle is a natural place to host the nation’s largest “green” consumer show, the Green Festival, a joint project of Global Exchange and Co-op America.

a family

Gather, eat, nourish

by Cynthia Lair

The dinner bell rings. Family members scoot their chairs up to the kitchen table to share a home-cooked meal made from fresh food. This iconic scene has faded some in the last few decades.

How sweet it isn't: GM sugar beets

Do you have a sweet tooth for Roundup Ready® beet sugar?

by Goldie Caughlan, PCC Nutrition Education Manager

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — to its shame! — recently approved a request by Monsanto to increase by 5,000 percent the amount of the toxic herbicide (glyphosate) residues that sugar beets can contain. The roots are the storage unit and producers of the sugar! Now there’s a tasty treat for the kiddies.

Letters to editor

Ingredient integrity, animal cloning · Global warming and food choices · Value in PCC membership · Batteries and plastic bottles · Country life unhealthy?

News bites

Farmers going to Mexico · Rising food prices · GM beet update · Downer cows will stay in food supply · Packaging and the environment · rBGH front group? · Fair labor chocolate · Parents in denial about obesity · No “cap and trade” for mercury

Your co-op

2008 board election begins this month · Notice of annual PCC membership meeting · Board report


A taste of place: exploring terroir

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Communications and Development Director, PCC Farmland Trust

Article discusses the concept of terroir and how it relates to the PCC Farmland Trust. Also mentioned are simple ways to support the Trust and a thank you to this month's corporate partners.

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