PCC Sound Consumer | April 2012

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April 2012

Geoduck farm production

Washington shellfish initiative: Is it sustainable?

by Cameron Woodworth and Eli Penberthy

When Governor Chris Gregoire announced a $4.5 million state-federal initiative to boost shellfish production in Puget Sound and clean up the environment last December, it was met with both praise and criticism.

News bites

Edible forest · Chick hatcheries booming · Imported shrimp · Pecan thieves · Wild salmon not holding up · Pastured chicken v. organic? · GE corn loses edge on pests · Caramel color cancer warning? · Pasteurized almonds · Salt/potassium balance

Letters to editor

Biosolids as "fertilizer" · Arsenic in rice products · Paleolithic diets · Encouraging junk food? · Tilapia in milk

Cracks in egg deal?

A deal between the commercial egg industry and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is facing resistance in Congress. The chair of the House Agriculture Committee says he won't allow a hearing for a bill that would double the living space required for egg-laying hens.

Honeybee disaster

A Purdue University study indicates pesticides are one cause of Colony Collapse Disorder among honeybees. Some say the study suggests pesticides called neonicotinoids may even be the major or precipitating cause — with mites and other problems the final blow.


Farm tour in the Walla Walla Valley

Join us on Saturday, May 12 for an educational tour of two Walla Walla farms and meet three farmers who have decided to modify their business practices and make a commitment to farming their land sustainably.

Flaming Eggplant Cafe sign

Sustainable food a priority at area universities

By Helen Vaskevitch

Students at The Evergreen State College and Seattle University are making sustainable, local food a priority.

orange tree

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Read producer reports about Washington apples, organic Haas avocados, exports of beef, pork and lamb, Pacific halibut prices, Rainbow trout production and Idaho caviar.


What's new in store — April 2012

Spring is in full swing with local, organic asparagus and rhubarb, and you can taste the season in the PCC Bakery with Strawberry-Rhubarb pie and lemon cupcakes! Also try hard ciders from an Olympic Peninsula orchard, and new lines of skincare and cosmetics.


Bread alone

PCC staff favorites in the bread aisle

"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?" wondered the famous chef Julia Child. We couldn't agree more and, judging from our bread aisle, we've got nothing to worry about in our little corner of the country. Read about PCC staff favorites — all organic — from hearty whole-grain to classic sourdough.


Recipes from the April issue

Sandwiches: thinking outside the lunchbox

Is there a person on the planet who doesn't love a good sandwich? Simple or fancy, elegant or down-home, there are few foods as satisfying as a slice or two of your favorite bread topped with ... well, just about anything!

PCC Board of Trustees report

Notice of annual membership meeting · 2012 PCC election · 2012 PCC election: correction · Meet the candidates · Board meeting report

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