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Making wieners is also contributing to making H1N1 swine flu

Interesting tweet from someone following Downtoearthfood on Twitter: "making wieners is also contributing to making H1N1 swine flu". As I reported in my blog post "Swine flu linked to modern factory farming of pigs" of June 22, evidence suggests that swine flu has come from pig factory farms.

Swine flu

Things have been hectic so I haven't done any blogging over the past few days. I have been busy working on remodel and expansion plans (more about this in the near future).

Oh yeah, our July 2nd (this Thursday) 30% off Guiltless Grilling Sale will be great!

HappyinHawaii and Veghead are excited about our July 2 (i.e. this Thursday) 30% off Guiltless Grilling Sale! And they should be, we have 30% off all the products you need for your 4th of July grill, and not only that, as with everything at Down to Earth, these products are all vegetarian, so no need to worry about eating any nasty slaughtered animal products while you have a great grill to celebrate the 4th of July!

July 2nd 30% Off Guiltless Grilling Sale

| Down to Earth News

The following is our press release about Thursday's 30% Off Guiltless Grilling Sale - hope to see you there: Down to Earth July 2nd 30% Off Guiltless Grilling Sale Love Life! Save Money! Honolulu (June 29, 2009) – Down to Earth will hold a “Guiltless Grilling Sale” this Thursday July 2nd in which customers will get at least 30% off of more than 100 items for a vegetarian picnic. The sale has been timed to make it easier for vegetarians, friends of vegetarians, and those interested in a vegetarian lifestyle to be able to celebrate Independence Day with a vegetarian cookout.

JBS Swift Beef Co. expands recall

In the news today is a story about a beef recall, with 380,000 pounds of possibly E coli contaminated beef being recalled. E coli contamination occurs in the slaughterhouse when meat (i.e. animal flesh) gets contaminated by animal feces.

Grain based cattle diets promote the growth of E. coli. Cattle that eat a normal diet of grass or hay do not have the pathogenic strains of E coli like 0157:H7 that is responsible for more than 20,000 infections and 200 deaths each year in the United States.

Do you truly want to be a wiener?

Well, the wiener story has generated some interest, with eight (8) comments so far and counting! Yeah, sausages are disgusting, yet that truth is well hidden, and clever marketing like the Wienermobile keeps it that way. The Honolulu Advertiser and other media are continuing to promote the Wienermobile, they must not have read my blog post yet!

Wienermobile on the roll

| Innocent Animals

Okay, today I have to comment on the “Wienermobile on the roll” story in the Hawaii section of the Honolulu Advertiser, a “feel good” story about a Wienermobile, a car with a bun and hot dog built over it that gives kids and adults some “fun”. What can be wrong with that? Some amusement for the keiki and for their parents in these tough economic times is a good thing right? The Wienermobile arrived in Honolulu yesterday. The following is from the story:

USDA accepting comments on GE crop regulations

| GMOs

In the waning months of the Bush Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposal to completely overhaul its regulation of genetically engineered crops, significantly weakening its oversight.

DTE Nutrition Class a big success!

| Down to Earth News

Last Saturday's nutrition class held at out King Street store was a huge success with 30 customers signing up in advance and attending the program. Attendees learned:

The physical, ethical and envioronmental reasons to go Veggie

How to easily balance meals to ensure proper nutrition

Why getting enough protein without eating meat is simple

The real truth behind behind common nutrition myths and misconceptions

How to prepare a delicious vegetarian meal

The Non-GMO Project

| GMOs

Starting this fall, a “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo will begin appearing on products in stores, for the first time giving shoppers an informed choice about whether or not to consume GMOs. The logo is backed by North America’s first consensus-based Standard for GMO avoidance, as well as its only independent, 3rd party Product Verification Program. All of this is the result of years of work by dedicated retailers, producers, farmers, and other stakeholders, collaborating through the Non-GMO Project.