Celebrity Testimony Highlights the Problems of Industrial Agriculture

Comedian Stephen Colbert made news when he testified last Friday before a Congressional subcommittee in support of migrant farm workers rights. Some representatives took issue with his choice to appear in character as the blustering conservative commentator he plays on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, but it was also noted that his appearance gave the hearing much more exposure than it would have had otherwise.

Kanu Hawaii Announces Eat Local Week

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."

School Gardens: Harmful or Healthy?


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.

We don’t just have an education crisis; we have a meaning crisis

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.

Down to Earth Goes to Kapolei!

I am excited to tell you that Down to Earth ALL VEGETARIAN Organic & Natural will add a sixth Hawaii store next year in the Kapolei Commons Shopping Center.  We will break ground early in 2011.  The new Kapolei location will be Down to Earth's largest store and employ about 50 people.  At 10,000 square feet, it will be our new flagship store, and our largest yet.

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