Love your coffee? The smell, the flavor, the ritual, the feeling. We hear you. Coffee is considered one of the most popular beverages in the world. We’re so lucky we live Hawaii—our local coffee is loved all over the world.
On National Farmers Day (and every day), get to know, love, and support your local organic grower!
October is Non-GMO Month and Down to Earth loves to support non-genetically modified products. Shop our stores and support brands and farmers that are dedicated to organic, sustainable, and non-GMO production, like Ko Farms in Palolo.
October is Non-GMO Month, so I thought it would be good to review the latest news on GMO labeling.
Many kamaaina residents know that the health of our aina (land) and its entire ecosystem is intertwined with our physical and mental well-being. With this knowledge, we know how essential it is to care for our precious planet.
One of the best and most rewarding ways to live sustainably is through gardening and growing some -- or even all -- of your own produce, even if it’s just on your lanai or in a backyard garden.
Some tips to get you started:
For thousands of years, farmers used human and animal power to grow food that was mostly consumed locally. By the 20th century, mechanized "industrial" farming greatly improved crop yields while cheap fossil fuels made it possible to ship produce to consumers far from where it was grown. However,
If you're shopping on a budget, you can save money by knowing which foods you should buy organic. They're the ones that otherwise would be conventionally grown and have the highest levels of toxic chemicals and pesticides.
Making healthy food accessible and affordable for everyone has been a focus of Down to Earth since opening its first store at Wailuku on Maui 35 years ago. The idea was that whole, minimally processed foods often cost less than highly processed foods -- those laden with fat, sugar, additives and preservatives--because the cost to produce, package, and market them is much less.
The positive environmental benefits of organic farming are well-documented. Organic farming preserves biodiversity and soil fertility, prevents soil erosion and reduces contamination of the water supply from toxic runoff.