Jonathan Safran Foer wants you to eat a dog

In the second chapter of Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer tells the reader to eat dogs. His reasons are myriad: many cultures around the world have eaten them, and not a few still do. Millions of dogs are euthanized yearly in the United States, and their disposal is an economic and ecological problem. Dog meat is said to be tasty, and the surplus of dogs creates a cheap and easy food supply.

"Save the planet; kill yourself?"

Everyone is trying to reduce their carbon footprint and their negative impact on the environment. Businesses are starting to be required to measure and report on their carbon generation, and the trading of carbon credits is now commonplace in many countries of the world. In a growing trend individuals are eating local in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of their dietary choices by reducing the amount of miles that their food travels to get to them.

Locavorism: Elitist food snobbery or practical solution to global warming?

Locavorism, for those who haven't heard the term, describes the practice of buying food grown within a 100 mile radius of where one lives, in an effort to cut back on one's carbon footprint. Once upon a time, access to imported, specialty items was reserved for the rich or well-connected connoisseur. Now, however, the committed locavore has to go far out of his or her way to forage enough food from their local region to survive. This is especially true in Hawaii, where most of our food is shipped over thousands of miles.

ALL VEGETARIAN Preferred Brands

Today we launched our new “ALL VEGETARIAN Preferred Brand” program. This program recognizes those brands that have made the decision to make their entire product range ALL VEGETARIAN, GMO free, natural, and organic (1). Ten great brands, including Amy’s – one of my personal favorites, met our stringent criteria and have been awarded ALL VEGETARIAN Preferred Brand status by Down to Earth. Preferred brands have special signage so you can easily see them on our shelves, and will also be given preferential treatment in our monthly flyer program.

Surprising statements at real estate developer's seminar

I was on a panel of speakers at a real estate development seminar today. I was introduced as Down to Earth's Chief Vegetarian Officer, and was able to share some interesting facts with the attendees, like that 10 billion animals a year, 27 million a day, are slaughtered in the USA alone. Whoa, what a surprise for the attendees to be confronted with all this.

They eat what?!? Mad Cows and Rotten Snickers

A few years before I became a vegetarian, I had a glimpse into the reality of factory farmed meat that made me pause and rethink my habits. It was an assignment for a class I’ve since forgotten; I was tired and skimming through the photocopied handout when a phrase jumped out at me. At the end of a list of additives to livestock feed, the article mentioned waste from candy factories, including “rotten Snickers".

How to have a sane reaction to an insane world

I called my Dad this afternoon. It was late on the East Coast, but he was just getting off work. He mentioned that he’d finally gotten around to reading my blog, and then admitted that after reading it he went out and ate a cheeseburger. I wasn’t surprised; I don’t expect a couple of impassioned paragraphs to reverse fifty years of ingrained habit – although I’d like them to.

The canary in the coalmine: what Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome can tell the rest of us

When I was a kid, my mom took us on a tour of a historic coalmine in West Virginia. Near the entrance, there was a small black and white picture of the mine back in the 1920’s that I had to stand on tiptoes to see. Staring back at me were twenty sooty faces and one tiny bird in a cage. I asked my mom what a bird was doing in the middle of the earth. She explained that in those days, mining shafts were unventilated. Because canaries are particularly sensitive to toxic gasses like carbon monoxide and methane, miners brought them down into new seams to serve as warning signals.