• 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.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

What’s Driving Record Food Prices? What Are Your Options?

Food costs have soared this year mainly due to increased oil prices which, in terms of food production, is affecting everything including the cost of fertilizers, food transport, and industrial agriculture. In Hawaii, the increased cost of food is aggravated by the higher cost of transporting the goods to the islands. Fully 80 percent of Hawaii's food products are imported via ship or airplane.1

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

New Program Will Reward Customers!

Next month marks a milestone in Down to Earth’s history as we introduce our brand new Customer Rewards Program designed to recognize and reward your commitment to Down to Earth. This is one of our ways of showing how much we appreciate you!

We will tell you all about it in a special email we’ll send you in early May. I just wanted to tell you a little bit about it now.

  • Messages from the Chief Executive Officer

State Legislature: "Hear Our Bills!"

This past month many of you helped Down to Earth join with the Hawaii Citizens for Food Choice to obtain over 4,000 signatures petitioning the state legislature to hear two bills related to genetic engineering (GE), also known as GMOs—genetically modified organisms. We are deeply grateful for your support.

SB3232 would have required labeling for all GE whole foods sold in Hawaii (fruits and vegetables in their raw or natural state), and SB3233 would have compelled companies to reveal the location of test plots and production of GE crops.