Your Guide to Sustainable Eating

by Tandis Bishop, RD

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, the improved food productivity and availability came at a heavy price. The more we learn about our current food production system, the greater the concern for what it means to our health, the environment and our future generations.  

GMO Awareness – Your Right to Know

by Tandis Bishop, RD

One of the most dangerous and least understood experiments with human health the world has ever known is currently underway without your consent—in your household and households across the nation, indeed throughout our entire planet. It is the wholesale contamination of the world's food supply with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Government and the GMO industry say these new crops are environmentally safe and that there's no nutritional difference between GMOs and conventional crops. According to them we don't need to know, so no labeling is required.

Some of the Most Nutritious Veggies Are Local

by Tandis Bishop, RDN

September is Local Food Month! Most of us know that locally grown vegetables are good for our health. But which vegetables are most nutritious? Ranking highest on a list are local favorites, with watercress as number one, and Chinese cabbage (won bok) coming in second, followed by chard, beet greens and spinach in the top five. These were the results of a recent study that defines and ranked “powerhouse” foods based on their nutrient density.1 To see the full list click here.

Shop Organic Food on a Budget

by Tandis Bishop

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. Therefore, they are the highest priority to buy organic in order to avoid these agricultural chemicals. And you can save a little more money by buying conventionally grown items that are typically produced with fewer "baddies."  The key is knowing the difference. 

Espresso Bar Raffle!

The Raffle has ended. Congratulations to our gift basket winner! Thanks to everyone who participated! Next time you're in our Kailua store, don't forget to try one of the awesome drinks from our new organic espresso bar. (Located at the deli counter where you order your sandwiches and smoothies.)

Buying Local Builds Community

by Tandis Bishop

So many people talk about buying local as if it's something new.  We've been buying local ever since we started in Wailuku on Maui over 35 years ago.  It's not something special or new that we're doing.  It's something we've always done.  It's what we're about.  Through buying local, supporting local farmers and vendors, we're giving back to the local economy.  And, we're giving back to our local community through cooking classes and nutritional seminars, support of local nonprofit organizations, and participating in local community events.  It's all one big local circle.  We're glad to be

Non-GMO Products on SALE – Celebrating your right to know!

by Tandis Bishop

Down to Earth is celebrating Non-GMO Month by putting a wide variety of non-GMO products on sale from Thursday, October 10th through Wednesday, November 13th. Customers can see which items are on sale by viewing our Super Saver Flyer Deals online. The flyer is also distributed in our stores. Look for these special signs featuring the Non-GMO Seal. 

Make This Earth Day Organic and Natural

by Caitlin Rose

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd and we invite you to help us celebrate by making a commitment to eat only organic and natural food on that day. Eating organic and natural food is the best way to promote sustainability. Since we spend so much of our time and energy each day buying, preparing and consuming food, even small changes we make to our diet have a powerful ripple effect on our health and the health of the planet.

Local, Fresh, Organic & Natural: Four Guiding Principles for Healthy Food

by Caitlin Rose

At Down to Earth, our first priority is to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of our customers and our environment. To help us do this, our decisions for selecting the items we carry in our stores are guided by four key principles: local, fresh, organic, and natural. These guidelines for healthy food help us to contribute to your improved health as well as the health and wellbeing of Hawaii’s soil, air, and water. They also help us support our most precious local resource: farmers.

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