As they enjoy a gourmet vegetarian meal prepared by the Maui Culinary Academy staff, guests will have the opportunity to find out first hand how it is possible to eat healthy without sacrificing taste, according to Fergusson.
Fergusson is the head of the pioneering company founded in Wailuku 30 years ago that now operates stores in five locations on three islands. Down to Earth was one of the first all-vegetarian food stores in the U.S.
The firm recently announced plans to renovate and expand its Kahului store on Dairy Road and is also adding a store in Kapolei on O‘ahu.
Chief Vegetarian Officer and CEO Mark Fergusson of Down to Earth All Vegetarian Organic and Natural Stores will speak at a Rotary Club of Maui luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 11, at noon at the Class Act Restaurant in the Pā‘ina Building (on the second floor) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.
Fergusson will review the healthy eating habits he believes can prolong life and make living more enjoyable. “Whether you are a vegetarian, flexitarian (occasional meat-eater) or carnivore, you can benefit by eating more organic and natural foods and eating less meat,” Fergusson said.
He will also discuss a new non-GMO label being introduced nationwide to identify genetically modified foods that he says are not consistent with his theme of eating healthy and being happy.
Originally from Australia, Fergusson joined Down to Earth in 1990 on Maui and lived in Ha‘ikū and Kula for 10 years. Under Fergusson’s leadership, the firm has become a multi-million dollar business.