• Down to Earth in the News

Health Food Store Expands to Hilo

Tribune Herald

A Honoulu-based health food store chain is opening in Hilo this fall. Down to Earth - which boasts it is "the only all-vegetarian food store in Hawaii" - will be located near Wal-Mart in the 5,500-square-foot space being vacated by Island Naturals Market, which is moving to the Hilo Shopping Center in September. The new Down to Earth store will open in October or November and will offer about 10,000 different "organic and natural" products.

  • News Releases from Down to Earth

New GMO Education Materials Now in Stores

Down to Earth is now offering a variety of Non-GMO education materials in all of its stores as support for the “Campaign for Healthier Eating in America.” The Campaign is being organized by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), which was founded by renowned author and filmmaker Jeffrey Smith. It is designed to create a Non-GMO tidal wave across America and ultimately end the genetic engineering of our food supply.

  • News Releases from Down to Earth

Down to Earth Launches New Blog

In a move to increase its community outreach, Down to Earth CEO Mark Fergusson has posted blog and Twitter sites that promise to, in the words of a comment by one reader, “open the door to lively and deep discussion, spark curiosity and understanding, and renew compassion and civility toward all living beings: neighbors, nations, animals, and the amazing organism we call Earth.” “Let’s get down to earth,” is the brain child of Down to Earth CEO Mark Fergusson, who is also the blogger for the site.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

Vegetarian Lifestyle Can Help Reduce Pandemic Disease – "Love animals, don’t eat them!"

It is ironic that the meat industry—long touted as key to good nutrition—puts the health of people in our island ohana and throughout the world at risk time and again. The current outbreak of H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) virus speaks for itself, although plenty of other examples abound. These include the Avian Flu influenza of 1997, Mad Cow Disease of 1986, and the massive outbreak of toxic Pfiesteria in 1997.

  • Local and National Legislative Issues

Bill banning GMO taro introduced by councilor

Maui News

County Council Member Bill Medeiros has introduced a bill banning genetically engineered or modified taro in Maui County. The proposal received strong support Friday from Native Hawaiians, taro farmers and critics of GMO technology when it was introduced at the regular Maui County Council meeting. It was referred to committee for future discussion. Proponents of developing genetically modified taro have said research could help the plant resist modern pests and diseases.

  • Health Issues

Harmful pesticides found in everyday food products


By Andrew Schneider P-I Senior Correspondent Government promises to rid the nation's food supply of brain-damaging pesticides aren't doing the job, according to the results of a yearlong study that carefully monitored the diets of a group of local children. The peer-reviewed study found that the urine and saliva of children eating a variety of conventional foods from area groceries contained biological markers of organophosphates, the family of pesticides spawned by the creation of nerve gas agents in World War II.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

Healthy Foods at Down to Earth Prices

Events going on throughout the world have significantly affected the economy in general and the state of our economy in Hawaii. With the economy on a downturn, and food prices on the rise, family budgets are being challenged throughout our state. Unfortunately, to help make ends meet, many families are needlessly giving up or cutting back on healthy diets.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

Vegetarian Diet is Healthier, Greener, Compassionate

What if you could take a pill that would improve your health, save the environment, and awaken your spirit of compassion ...would you do it? The idea is not as far fetched as you might think. One of the most effective means to achieve all this is by adopting a vegetarian diet. October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, so it is a good time to reflect on the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. The personal health benefits alone are huge, and the benefits of a shift towards a vegetarian diet by society at large are staggering.