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Talk to address ‘comprehensive vegetarian solution for global warming and obesity’

March 6, 2008
The Maui News
The types of food we consume and the packages we put them in can help protect our health and the health of the planet.

A Vegetarian Society of Hawaii presentation Friday evening about a “. . . solution for global warming and obesity” combined with Down to Earth’s recent announcement of a planned switch to compostable shopping bags, are steps toward a sustainable future.

The events are also timely as March is National Nutrition Awareness Month and the 38th observance of Earth Day will take place April 22.

State Representative Joe Bertram III will be the vegetarian society’s featured speaker when he gives a talk titled “Reaching the Sweet Spot: The Vegetarian Solution to Global Warming and Obesity.”

“Nationwide, legislatures are beginning to grapple with both of these seemingly disparate issues, while recent studies have shown that vegetarianism can provide answers for both,” reads an announcement from the vegetarian society. “Representative Bertram will share research and legislation that takes advantage of this confluence of crises to reach that ‘sweet spot’ — a new awareness of the comprehensive vegetarian solution.”

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cameron Center Auditorium. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

A BETTER BAG

Environmentalists, scientists and manufacturers generally agree the process for plastic bags to break down can take up to 1,000 years.

Down to Earth is the first grocery chain in the state to formally announce its commitment to halt the use of plastic checkout bags in favor of compostable shopping bags. They will replace single- use plastic bags with 100 percent compostable, biodegradable bags made from GMO-free starch. Down to Earth plans to have the bags available at Hawaii locations (including Kahului and Makawao) within the next few months.
 
 
 

 

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