True Hope for Cooling Our Planet

by Tracy Ternes

Around the world, the issue of climate change and global warming is a topic of debate and concern. Many organizations and individuals who recognize the consequences of global warming are taking steps to reduce carbon emissions with the goal of stopping human induced climate change. Reducing carbon emissions is important, such as reducing the use of coal and oil and increasing the use of renewable solar energy and wind power. But these efforts alone will not cool the planet and reverse global warming. More will need to be done. A new idea is Regenerative Agriculture or Carbon Farming.

Good for your Health, Good for Hawaii

by Tandis Bishop, RD

Many kamaaina residents know that the health of our aina (land) and its entire ecosystem is intertwined with our physical and mental well-being. With this knowledge, we know how essential it is to care for our precious planet. Earth Day, April 22nd, is a great time of year to promote sustainability efforts on our islands and the earth. It is an opportunity to reflect on how our own health and quality of life is greatly impacted by the health of our environment.

GMO Awareness – Your Right to Know

by Tandis Bishop, RD

One of the most dangerous and least understood experiments with human health the world has ever known is currently underway without your consent—in your household and households across the nation, indeed throughout our entire planet. It is the wholesale contamination of the world's food supply with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Government and the GMO industry say these new crops are environmentally safe and that there's no nutritional difference between GMOs and conventional crops. According to them we don't need to know, so no labeling is required.

Shop Organic Food on a Budget

by Tandis Bishop

If you're shopping on a budget, you can save money by knowing which foods you should buy organic. They're the ones that otherwise would be conventionally grown and have the highest levels of toxic chemicals and pesticides. Therefore, they are the highest priority to buy organic in order to avoid these agricultural chemicals. And you can save a little more money by buying conventionally grown items that are typically produced with fewer "baddies."  The key is knowing the difference. 

Down to Earth to Open New Kaka’ako Store in Fall, 2017

Our newest Down to Earth store will be a 13,000 square foot location just a few blocks mauka of the SALT at Our Kaka’ako cultural center.  Down to Earth will be on the ground floor of a mid-rise development called Keauhou Lane at the corner of Keawe and Pohukaina Streets. 

Kaka’ako is part of the urban core of Honolulu that is experiencing explosive growth.  The development itself will have 209 residential units and other retailers.  It is on the same block as another development that will be 40 stories high and have 388 units and a rail transit station. 

Have a Relaxing, Stress-free Summer

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

We all look forward to a little rest and relaxation from our demanding, sped-up lives. Although most of us will be working during the summer, there are ways to de-stress and rejuvenate to keep us balanced and happy.

1. Enjoy your “Hawaii time.” Lucky for us, we can truly take advantage of our “Hawaii time” motto and remember to slow down. Embrace a carefree spirit when not at work. Don’t feel rushed to be everywhere and do everything you need to do. Summertime is a great excuse to go into vacation mode and unwind.

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