A Wholesome, Plant-Based Diet May Cut Risks and Complications of Diabetes

by Caitlin Rose

If the cost of treating a chronic health condition is weighing you down, you’re not alone. Last month, the World Economic Forum estimated that by the year 2030, the global cost of treating chronic health conditions will total $47 trillion dollars.1 According to the National Institute of Health, diabetes alone affects almost 26 million people in the United States and national treatment costs for diabetes total $174 billion dollars per year. Furthermore, individuals diagnosed with diabetes have an average of twice as many medical expenses as non-diabetics.2

Obesity in America

by Caitlin Rose

Obesity in America If health is wealth, America is going bankrupt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and one sixth of children in America are obese.1 In the past twenty years, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children. If these trends continue, by the time today’s children reach adulthood, obesity will be the norm and healthy weight the exception. Native Hawaiians disproportionately affected by obesity

Ancient Traditions, Local Business, Homegrown Values: A Recipe for Success

by Caitlin Rose

This month, Down to Earth celebrates our long standing commitment to supporting local farmers and manufacturers with a profile of one of our favorite Hawaii-based businesses. Eleven years ago, Down to Earth first gave this family enterprise their start, and since then we’ve enjoyed a healthy partnership - in every sense of the word.

Are GMOs Safe To Eat?

by Caitlin Rose

Since the dawn of time, human beings and animals alike have asked the question every day, “What should I eat?” We need to know not just what tastes good, but what is good for our survival and for our long-term health. We employ our sense of smell, taste, sight and touch, our intelligence, our knowledge of cause and effect and our culture to help us decide what to eat.

Aloha ‘Aina with A Billion Acts of Green

by Caitlin Rose

Aloha ‘Aina means love of the land. What would happen if one out of every six people on the planet took their commitment to the Earth more seriously? That's what The Earth Day Network intends to find out with their daring campaign, A Billion Acts of Green. They hope to register one billion environmental actions between now and Earth Summit 2012, a conference organized by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, which will be held June of 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Start Spring by Kicking the Meat Habit

by Caitlin Rose

What marks the start of spring for you? In New England when I was young, it was daffodils poking through the mud. In Hawaii, where we're blessed with beautiful weather, fragrant flowers and new life year round, it might be harder to put your finger on. But wherever we are in the world, spring carries with it a sense of renewal and possibility. This year, don't be surprised if you see some folks marking the new season by inviting passersby in the street to taste some delicious vegetarian food and consider taking a first step towards making long lasting, healthy changes to their diet.

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