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Revised Washington Pesticide Bill Establishes a “Safety Work Group”

Recently, a Washington pesticide bill quietly made its way through the state Legislature. The form of Senate Bill 6529 that passed in late January is, thankfully, but a shadow of the original bill Washington farmers defined as destructive. Proponents of...

Five Ways GMOs Help Farmers Protect the Environment

Few topics in farming drive more debate than GMOs. Unfortunately, much of the controversy is based on misinformation and misunderstanding. In reality, GMOs protect the environment and our food supply system. They allow farmers to produce healthier crops, yielding...

Toasted Walnut Oatmeal Bread

This a bread for when you have time to enjoy baking. It’s a traditional yeasted dough that’s best left to rise twice. For the loveliest texture choose good-quality, old-fashioned oats rather than quick cooking. Toasting the nuts lends a...

Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Using whole-wheat pastry flour is the key to adding heart-healthy fiber and still having a tender, fluffy pancake. You could substitute all the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat pastry flour if desired. MAKES ABOUT 2 1/2 DOZEN 3-INCH PANCAKES 1 cup all-purpose...

Orange-Scented Cherry-Almond Biscotti

These are a delicious served with coffee or tea. You can make these up to a week ahead and store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Whole-wheat pastry flour adds depth to that accentuates the naturally crisp texture...

Whole-Wheat Oatmeal Molasses Crisps

Crip cookies stand up naturally to the texture of whole-wheat flour. Store these in an airtight container to maintain their crisp texture. These have the best texture of chilled overnight. Tip: Coat your measuring cup lightly with butter or...

Mastering the Art of Whole-Wheat Baking

Whole-wheat baking is a delicious way to enrich your diet, but baking with whole-wheat flour takes some practice. If you’re new to baking with whole-wheat flour, work your way up slowly to determine the right proportion of whole-wheat flour...

Proposed Washington Carbon Tax is The Wrong Approach: 5-Part Series

Our state’s most vulnerable residents and our agricultural industry will take the hardest blows if Governor Inslee’s latest push for a Washington State carbon tax is adopted. Senate Bill 6230 passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee earlier this month,...

Carbon Tax Part II: A Bill Based Oversimplified Science

Debate surrounds Governor Inslee’s direct attribution of dwindling snowpack, ocean acidification and forest fires solely to carbon emissions and climate change. While opponents of the bill don’t discount the importance of environmental stewardship, they argue that the bill misrepresents...

Carbon Tax Part III: Inequitable Taxing for Negligible Return

Even if environmental concerns could be directly and solely attributed to climate change caused by GHGs, this bill isn’t the answer to resolving them. Unfortunately, the positive returns produced by this bill would be virtually unmeasurable. Using a model...