Honolulu, HI (Apr. 13, 2012) – When a group of friends in Wailuku, Maui decided in 1977 that they wanted to help improve the health of Hawaii residents through organic and natural products and a vegetarian lifestyle, no one could have predicted their success. Considered unconventional at the time, their vision of a healthy lifestyle is now a part of the American mainstream.
Today, Down to Earth has become an iconic part of the local landscape with five locations: Honolulu, Kailua, Pearlridge, and Kapolei on Oahu; and Kahului on Maui. We are Hawaii's only all-vegetarian food store chain and one of only a few in the nation.
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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. 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. Now, government organizations are beginning to catch on to the advantages of plant foods not only for personal and environmental health, but also for international security.
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Maybe you've already bought a fuel-efficient car, updated your home with energy-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets, dual-paned windows, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Maybe you recycle, walk to work and use both sides of the paper when you print. There are so many things we can do to live a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle, from big investments like installing solar panels to smaller endeavors like picking up trash along the beach, or giving up meat once a week. The very food we choose to eat has a major impact on the health of the earth. This Earth Day, let your dietary choices honor the earth and all its inhabitants. Here are some tips for eating greener, everyday...
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“Thirty percent of the earth's land mass is used for livestock pasture and production of livestock feed, causing mass deforestation, compaction and erosion from overgrazing …Water pollution from animal waste, antibiotics and hormones, fertilizers and pesticides is an increasing world-wide concern.”
-The Nature Conservancy
For your cooking delight we are bringing you our monthly cooking class recipes:
Feature! Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Additional tasty recipes:
Raw Vegan Fruit Parfait
Dried Fruit and Nut Bites
Apple Pie Pockets