• Down to Earth in the News

GMO Right To Know Urged

Maui Weekly

by Susan Halas

Advocates of mandatory labeling for GMO (genetically modified organism) food products hosted a forum for consumers on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Maui Waena School in Kahului. About 60 resident attended the event co-hosted by Down To Earth Natural Foods and Seeds of Truth, a nonprofit community organization. Presenters included Dr. Lorrin Pang, a medical doctor; Dr. Melissa Yee, a doctor of oriental medicine and acupuncture representing Seeds of Truth; Courtney Bruch of GMO-Free Maui; Mark Fergusson, Down To Earth CEO; and Vince Mina, a Maui organic farmer.

  • Down to Earth in the News

Certifiably Organic Farming Graduates Ready to Dig Into Jobs

Windward Oahu Islander

by Carol Chang

A first graduating class stepped up last month at a Waimanalo farm to claim certificates showing they’re qualified to work in the organic farming industry. A dozen students, recruited from Oahu WorkLinks, have spent the past few months learning about soil fertility, crop planning, non-violent animal husbandry, medicinal plants, pest management, etc., and have earned formal certificates from Hunter Heaivilin and Matthew Lynch in Perma-culture Design from the Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

Down to Earth Proudly Holds Non-GMO Sale To Celebrate Hawaii Residents' Right to Know!

by Mark Fergusson

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Âina i ka Pono, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness," Hawaii’s state motto, is attributed to King Kauikeaouli Kamehameha III, who said these words on the historic occasion of the restoration of the Hawaiian flag to the Kingdom of Hawaii by the British in 1843. Righteousness can be understood as "right” or “right action." GMOs are not "right," they disrespect and lead to desecration of the 'aina both here in Hawaii and worldwide. GMOs are not pono, they are not right.

  • News Releases from Down to Earth

Non-GMO Sale!

by Down to Earth

October is Non-GMO Month! Down to Earth is celebrating it with a series of events to promote awareness of the Non-GMO Project Verified seal and your "right to know!" The main event is the Non-GMO products sale being held Oct. 11th through November 14th. You'll find special deals on items tagged with the Non-GMO Project seal in this month's Super-Saver Flyer.

  • News Releases from Down to Earth

Maui GMO Panel To Discuss Importance of Food Labeling

Honolulu, HI ( Sept. 19, 2012) -- A panel discussion about the need for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be held at the Maui Waena Intermediate School, 795 Onehee Ave. on Saturday Oct. 6th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The presentation, "Let's Eat Non-GMO: The Importance of Labeling," is being co-sponsored by Seeds of Truth and Down to Earth ALL VEGETARIAN Organic & Natural.

  • Down to Earth in the News

Getting down to "Earth" business

Star Advertiser

by Klye Galdeira

Photo: Star Advertiser Article

What started in 1977 as an unconventional concept put forth by a group of friends in Wailuku, Maui -- to offer healthy food with the goal of improving the overall well-being of society -- has lead to a productive, sustainable business model that is still well-received both locally and nationally to this day.

  • Local and National Legislative Issues

Opponents of campaign to require GMO labels raise $12 million

Los Angeles Times

Opponents of GMO labeling initiative flex financial muscle By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. » Major biotech companies and manufacturers of household food products, including Campbell Soup, General Mills and Coca-Cola, have pumped almost $12 million into the campaign to defeat Proposition 37, the California ballot initiative to require labels for genetically engineered crops and processed food products.