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."
Founder and facilitator of Slow Money Hawaii, Mary spent a decade in small businesses before a 17 year career in non-profit fundraising. At Waikiki Health Center and Easter Seals Hawaii, where she helped donors align their philanthropy with their values, she came to understand that business and charity share the goal to be a force for good in their communities. Yet, they are regarded so differently. After retiring from fund raising and pursuing her interest in gardening and agriculture, Mary learned about the emerging third sector (also referred to as ValuesorImpact Investing) and Slow Money. In this realm, she found the opportunity to combine her fundraising skills with her love of farms, garden-fresh food and nature to play a small role in helping Hawaii farmers to rebuild a sustain-able and regenerative agricultural system that will nourish us all.