Author Archives: UNM Sustainability Studies Program

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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Lacking Food Waste Legislation in New Mexico

When looking at inefficiencies within the food systems of the United States, there is almost no more glaring of an issue, especially in regards to sustainability, than food waste. It is estimated that somewhere between thirty-to-forty percent of all food … Continue reading

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How Fair is Fair Trade? A Look at Labels and What They Truly Mean

As I sit here, at 2:00pm on a Monday, drinking my 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th(?) cup of coffee, writing this blog entry for class, it only seems fitting that I incorporate coffee in some way. I’ve consumed plenty of … Continue reading

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Chef Sustainable: A Guide on Keeping Veganism Affordable, Nutritious, and Waste-free

What benefits do a plant-based diet have? According to the EAT-Lancet Commission, food is the single strongest lever to optimize human health and environmental sustainability on Earth. Individual changes do make a difference. Making changes in your diet is a … Continue reading

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Farmers’ Perspectives on Climate Change in Albuquerque

It is no longer a question of when climate change will happen; increased temperatures, more severe wildfire seasons, and unpredictable weather patterns are already affecting us in New Mexico. According to 350NM, “New Mexico is the sixth-fastest-warming state in the … Continue reading

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The Superfood of Algae

Green foods do not tend to be the most popular of the bunch. Although they are typically seen as the superfoods of the world, dark leafy greens, green tea, avocado, and seaweed amongst others, many people are distrusting of the … Continue reading

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We shall overcome

People living with a disability can function very well in all areas of the food system. Certain accommodations can lead to the individual living a more fulfilling and independent life. In this piece, I list the four major categories of … Continue reading

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