Articles on the Environment
by Sabra Rebo, R.D., Down to Earth Community Outreach Team Leader
This month we will celebrate Oahu’s first VegFest, which will bring our community together to experience the many benefits of plant-based living. VegFest will be held at the Honolulu Hale from 1:00pm to 6:30 pm. It’s going to be an exciting day, with all kinds of family activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Tandis Bishop
Earth Day is one of our favorite times of year as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate our passion and appreciation for the ‘aina (earth, land). In addition to our commitment to sustainability by promoting and providing organic and natural foods, we also support sustainability efforts in our local community.
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.
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.