Meet your Meat

A number of Down to Earth team members have taken advantage of our offer to pay for their ticket to go and see "Food, Inc." showing at Kahala Mall. One leaves the movie feeling a little sick, and not feeling good about the food supply, especially about how the animals are treated. This type of food production is relatively new, having occurred over the past 50 or so years. The long term health and societal effects are yet to be realized. I encourage everyone to see the movie, especially Down to Earth team members.

The government actively encourages and subsidizes the diets that are the cause of the health care crisis

While we are on the subject of "Food, Inc." the movie, and modern methods of food production (i.e. industrialized animal raising and slaughter) one of the ideas to consider is the complicity of the government in this system. The government allows, and as documented by Food, Inc., actively encourages and subsidizes this inhumane system of food production that is actually causing the epidemic of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, etc.

Another cause of the health care crisis we don't hear about

We have been blogging in recent weeks about the debate in Washington and the nation on the health care crisis and how we aren't hearing any discussion about addressing the root causes of the crisis, i.e. the underlying unhealthy diets and lifestyle choices (meat and junk food based diets, lack of physical activity, consumption of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, etc.) and the widespread practice of defensive medicine. Another major cause of the bloated medical system's costs to add to the list is the cost of medical mistakes.

The most expensive medical system in the world, yet one of the least effective

Another point we aren't hearing much about in the debate about health care is that in the US we pay more for health care than any other country in the world. The data is a little old, but in 1997 we spent $3,912 per person on health care expenditures (undoubtedly it would be at least double that today). In comparison, Germany was $2,364, Canada $2,175, France $2,047, Japan $1,760, U.K. $1,391, and Korea $870. Other countries on average spend about half what the US spends per capita on health care. And what do we get for spending twice as much per capita than anyone else?

Down to Earth announces store remodel plans

Not only are we opening a new store in Hilo, we are also remodeling our Kailua and Kahului stores!

The remodel of the Kahului store includes an expansion that converts 3,000 square feet of storage space into retail space, for a total of 9,000 square feet. The bigger and renovated store will have many new products and will allow us to offer our customers a wider range of healthy and organic products. We will more than double the size of the chill and frozen department, greatly improve our award winning vegetarian deli, and expand our wellness, grocery, and produce departments.

Whole Foods announces "We sell a bunch of junk"

This blog post kind of violates some rules like: I shouldn't talk about our competition as it just brings them more attention, or I shouldn't talk stink about them, etc. But, you know, I just have to comment when you see an article where the CEO of Whole Foods is quoted as saying "We sell a bunch of junk". Like, that must be the dictionary definition of putting your foot in your mouth! Or maybe he is being very honest and real and is just telling the truth (I can't fault him for that).

Whole Foods CEO comments on health care debate results in boycotts and picketing

I have been busy lately so not a lot of blogging has been going on. My last blog was that the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, stated in a press interview that "we sell a lot of junk". Actually a lot of bloggers thought he had said that Down to Earth sold a lot of junk, and we had some righteous indignation going on. So to be clear, he was talking about Whole Foods, not Down to Earth (in fact I don't know if he has ever said anything about Down to Earth).

Sugar & Obesity

Aloha, there have been some interesting articles in the media this week. The first is that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day (i.e. a small mountain), compared to the following recommended amounts advised by the American Heart Association "most women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, the recommendation is 150 calories, or nine teaspoons" (and even this is probably more than actually needed). All this added sugar (generally highly refined - thus having any goodness removed e.g.