PCC Sound Consumer | September 2013

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September 2013


GE seed monopoly

Fewer choices, higher prices

by Ken Roseboro

The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops has corresponded with increasing monopolization of seed by biotechnology companies and higher seed costs. This has led to tragedies in some countries, while pushing out conventional, non-GE seeds and reducing farmer seed choices.


What's wrong with wheat?

by Nick Rose, M.S.

Gluten-free sales are increasing steadily each year at PCC, with more shoppers than ever avoiding wheat and/or gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Chris Brown

Veterans return to farming

by Clare Leschin-Hoar

When Seattle native Chris Brown, a U.S. Marine combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, returned from multiple tours of service, it was vegetable gardening that healed some of the tender wounds he brought home with him.

Ratatouille goes global

Recipes from the September 2013 issue

Ratatouille goes global

Local, organic farms are brimming this month with tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, which pair beautifully in ratatouille. Here we offer four takes: Japanese, Indian, Spanish, and yes, classic French. You'll love them all.


Fresh herb primer

Washington-grown organic, fresh herbs are still in season! Try them in recipes from this issue of the Sound Consumer, or other dishes with early fall produce.

Letters to editor

Donating to I-522 · Biodynamic wines · Sustainable shrimp · Canola oil · GE corn · Healthier baked goods? · Low-fat deli foods?

News bites

Bumblebee species returns · Monsanto drops GE plans in Europe · Breakfast for healthy heart? · FDA proposes arsenic limit · More antibiotic resistance · Suing over Washington water quality · Millions of bees die · Salmon return to Yakima River Basin · Syngenta bribes · Report: Pacific full of trash · Pepsi drops "natural" claim


What's new in store — September 2013

This month enjoy the first local, organic Bosc pears, Gala and Honeycrisp apples, and prune plums. Also don't miss PCC bakery's new no-bake dessert bars: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies, Nanaimo Bars, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars.


Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Northwest blueberry supply outstrips demand, and Wash. apple farmers may have a hard time finding export markets for millions of boxes of apples. Also: the farm worker shortage continues on Wash. farms, and strong demand from overseas has bumped the value of Northwest pink shrimp.

PCC Board of Trustees report

Board meeting report · Message from the nominating committee

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