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Down to Earth Wins 2018 “Best Health Food Store” Award… Yet Again!

Photo: Down to Earth 2018 Best Health Food Store award

We are thrilled to report that once again readers of the Star-Advertiser voted Down to Earth “2018 Best Health Food Store.” This year’s contest includes the new Vegetarian category, for which we earned “Finalist.”  The announcement was made in the Star-Advertiser’s 2018 Hawaii’s Best edition, which was published on June 17th. As many of you know, this vote is the result of their annual “People’s Choice Awards,” which every year asks readers to name their “Best” choice in a variety of categories. 

Talk Story with the Love Life! Team

Non-GMO Hawaii

Photo: Plants growing in a greenhouse

The GMO (genetically modified organism) seed timeline in Hawaii goes back to the mid-90s. An outbreak of ringspot virus destroyed most of Hawaii’s rainbow papaya crops, causing production to fall 40%. To combat the virus, a University of Hawaii professor genetically engineered a ringspot-resistant strain of papayas. Shortly afterwards these modified rainbow papaya seeds were handed out free to farmers, and the rest, they say, is history.

Featured Article

What is Non-GMO Month?

Make Your Mother Proud: Shop Your Values.Celebrating 10 Years of Non-GMO Month and Non-GMO Choices

October is Non-GMO Month and all of our Down to Earth stores are celebrating with special products that are highlighted on our shelves, lots of helpful information for our customers, and two film screenings of the documentary “Secret Ingredients” (more on this important film later in this article).

Here’s a brief lesson on GMOs:

Health Tip

Avoiding GMO Foods

Photo: Corn in genetic engineering laboratory

Food is undergoing constant change. Farmers have been saving seeds from plants that have desirable traits and using them for future crops. Crossbreeding different varieties of plants, like tomatoes, has led to sweeter and/or larger tomatoes. Change is a positive thing when it is proven to be safe and effective over time.

'Ekahi Corner

Blue Zones: The Key to Living Longer?

Photo: A cove in Sardinia, Italy

Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, and Loma Linda in California. What do these five regions have in common? At first glance, the answer seems unclear. But these were the five regions chosen by author Dan Buettner, in partnership with National Geographic and the National Institute on Aging, after scouring the world for the regions where people live the longest.

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