Healthy, Natural Foods are Affordable

by Caitlin Rose

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 Greenest Act: A Plant-based Diet

by Caitlin Rose

As we approach Earth Day this upcoming April 22nd, I am reminded of the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. Advocates of a plant-based diet have long been aware that what we choose to eat is one of the most significant factors in the personal impact we have on the environment.1 Switching from a meat-based diet to a diet based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables reduces water and land use, lowers pollution, slows deforestation and reduces destruction of topsoil, among other benefits.2 Now, government organizations are beginning to catch on

Are GMOs Safe To Eat?

by Caitlin Rose

Since the dawn of time, human beings and animals alike have asked the question every day, “What should I eat?” We need to know not just what tastes good, but what is good for our survival and for our long-term health. We employ our sense of smell, taste, sight and touch, our intelligence, our knowledge of cause and effect and our culture to help us decide what to eat.

Aloha ‘Aina with A Billion Acts of Green

by Caitlin Rose

Aloha ‘Aina means love of the land. What would happen if one out of every six people on the planet took their commitment to the Earth more seriously? That's what The Earth Day Network intends to find out with their daring campaign, A Billion Acts of Green. They hope to register one billion environmental actions between now and Earth Summit 2012, a conference organized by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, which will be held June of 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Help Local Farmers Succeed!

by Caitlin Pomerantz

The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation holds its 38th Annual Hawaii State Farm Fair this July 24th and 25th at the Bishop Museum. We thought it would be fitting and appropriate to focus this month's feature article on Down to Earth's support of local farmers, and to share some of their stories with you.

United Nations: Livestock Production is Threatening the Environment

by Michele McKay

Those who visit Down to Earth’s website or receive the monthly e-newsletter probably have seen the statement that “The single most important thing an individual can do for the environment is to adopt a vegetarian diet.” The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agrees: Raising animals for food impacts global warming by generating more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.1 This fact in itself is a powerful argument for a vegetarian diet – but it’s just the beginning!

Celebrate Earth Day… Every Day!

by Michele McKay

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and over the past 40 years it has grown into a worldwide observance. Earth Day provides an annual opportunity to celebrate our planet and renew our commitment to building a healthier and cleaner world… but we don’t need to limit our commitment to one day out of 365! Good environmental citizenship can easily be a year-round practice of eco-friendly living.