The Benefits of Eating Local – It Matters! Taken from the Hawaii Ulu Co-op newsletter:
Food for the Earth. Take action against climate change! Hawai‘i is 2,500 miles away from the closest land mass, so importing food drives up its cost and increases our impact on the environment.
Food for our land. Shipment of food from other countries also brings pests into our ecosystems. Fruit flies, mites, and fire ants have had severe consequences beyond agriculture.
Food for your health. Consuming nutritious complex carbohydrates such as those found in ‘ulu means increasing your vitamin intake and mineral absorption! Think about food as medicine and learn what grows best in your own back yard.
Food for our community. Sustaining local foods means spending your money to grow our own community and supporting local families’ ability to continue caring for the land. It’s about connecting to the source of where our food comes from, and the faces of the hands that grow it!
Food for a people. Food production is closely linked to culture and our relationship to land over time. Farming knowledge has been passed down for generations, preserving language, histories, and practices from our landscape."
Mary is the founder and volunteer facilitator of Slow Money Hawaii. Her last career was in non-profit fundraising where she matched donors with opportunities to align their charitable dollars with their values. Mary saw a dis-connect between the goals of charity and those of business. Both need money to operate, to generate a return, and both should be benefiting their commun-ities. So, why treat the two so differently? Mary felt there should be a middle road and began hearing about the emerging 'third sector,' also referred to as 'values investing' or 'impact investing.' In this sector, Mary discovered Slow Money and the opportunity to match her fundraising skills with her love of farms, food and Hawaii's natural environment.