Jeffrey Smith, whose work we’ve been featuring for the past week, has posted a petition at the website of the Institute for Responsible Technology that I urge you to read and sign here. Instead of being addressed to a government agency, as many petitions are, this one is addressed to members of the food service industry.
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Every human being has an innate desire to know the truth, and we use different methods to seek out truth at different times. Sometimes we seek it through prayer or intuition, other times through hearing from authorities and other times through our own observation. Truth is not just a philosophical concept. Sometimes it comes down to one of the most basic questions of human life: “Will this food kill me or not?
Down to Earth had a booth at the World Peace Festival, which took place last Saturday, October 2nd, on Moku Ola on the Big Island. Moku Ola, which means “Island of Life,” is better known as Coconut Island. However, Desiree Cruz, cousin of presenter Ernie Cruz Sr. and the MC of the event, noted that people were making an effort to refer to it by it’s traditional name, which keeps alive the knowledge that the island is a place of refuge and of healing.
Mark your calendars; Saturday, September 25th through October 2nd is Eat Local Week! Kanu Hawaii is organizing a grassroots effort to educate the community about the benefits of eating locally grown food. Kanu Hawaii was started by a group of forty young people who wanted to make change in their communities. It now has over 12,000 members on the islands who commit "to protect and promote island living - a connection to the 'aina, a culture of aloha, and local economic self reliance."
Since attending the Hawaii Island School Garden conference in July, I’ve had education on the brain. I wrote about the value of school gardens, and the need to help children see the connection between their education and their daily life. Since I’ve been reading more about school gardens and real world learning, I’ve encountered mostly positive reports.
When I was young and my friends and I had just discovered the joys of prank calling, I remember dialing 0 and asking the operator if she liked her job. I did this more than once, actually. Kids have probably called operators to ask silly questions since telephones were first invented, but this time I didn’t mean it as a prank, I was just curious.
A friend of mine just sent me a link to an incredible example of the power of a vegetarian diet. Watch it and then come back and tell me what you think - I don't want to spoil the surprise!
When I was nineteen years old, I dropped out of college, took the subway to the airport, hopped on the first flight to Spain, took a train out to the country and started walking, carrying only a change of clothes and some books I’d been meaning to read.
When I ask Chuck Boerner of Ono Organic Farms how long he’s been selling produce to Down to Earth, he pauses, bemused, and says, “Geez, I don’t know.” After consulting with his wife, Lilly, he settles on “twenty, maybe thirty years. I was supplying Bobby since he was up in Wailuku. They’re our best customers.”