Author Archives: UNM Sustainability Studies Program

Local Food Snapshot: MoGro Mobile Grocery

Website: https://www.mogro.net/ Social: @mogroweeklyshare

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Local Food Snapshot: Toasted Sister Podcast

Website: https://toastedsisterpodcast.com Social: @toastedsister

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Hope in the desertified soil

A plant is only as healthy as its soil. So what happens when the soil is sick? What happens when the soil is so sick that it isn’t even soil anymore? This is desertification, “the process by which fertile land … Continue reading

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Certifiably Good

I know we all try to be better people. We all try to skip the straw at Starbucks, or choose paper when asked “paper or plastic?”, or buy “organic” produce. But is buying “organic” the same as “Organic”? Is “cage-free” … Continue reading

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The Future Is Now: How a Taos non-profit is providing for our youth

The industrial food system, by maximizing production and reducing cost, has resulted in depleted soils, hypoxic dead zones, polluted water, excess antibiotics in meat and dairy products, and inhumane animal practices. It is also responsible for 75% of deforestation worldwide, … Continue reading

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Insights into Power and Gender Dynamics of Migrant Labor in Agriculture

There is a distinct and important difference between a farmer and farmworker. Farmers are in the position of privilege, with a voice for executive decisions. Farmworkers, though, work hard in the varying weather conditions, don’t get healthcare or childcare, and … Continue reading

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Our Genetically Modified World

Did you know that roughly 75% of the foods in your grocery store contain genetically modified organisms? Some of the most common genetically engineered ingredients can be found in almost all nonorganic/non-GMO marked, packaged foods and even in many of … Continue reading

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Albuquerque’s Local Compost Collectors

New Mexico is not well known for rich soil and an abundance of water. But there are two operations in Albuquerque that are working to create healthy soil through compost, by adding nitrogen, water and carbon into the ground. Little … Continue reading

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COVID’s Impact on Gardening

Recently, amid the COVID 19 pandemic, some people have found themselves with more free time than they have had before. Mass shutdowns, remote learning, and working from home have resulted in people spending much more time at home. In response … Continue reading

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What Local Means to a Local

The word local is defined by Merriam Webster as “characterized by or relating to position in space.” So how can local be defined in terms of food? The USDA defines local food as “the direct or intermediated marketing of food … Continue reading

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