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Public News Service - NM: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Papa criollo potatoes from South America could be a new sustainable crop for New Mexico farmers.  (NMSU)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. – More nutritional South American potatoes will be front and center at the New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Wednesday at Los Lunas, when researchers discuss new and profitable crops for the state. New Mexico State University researcher and extension service vege

Albuquerque Healthy Neighborhoods has engaged anchor institutions in a push to hire more local workers and support local farmers and businesses. (Pixabay) <br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque has been slow to recover from the 2008 recession but its anchor institutions are stepping up to improve the economy. Anchors are typically local institutions large enough to weather the community's economic ups and downs. The success of Healthy Neighborhood

Albuquerque's plan to put panhandlers to work has gone global after the Mayor's TED Talk captured more than 600,000 viewers in less than a month. (City of Albuquerque)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Since mid-August, more than 600,000 viewers have watched Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on YouTube, promoting the city's initiative to fight homelessness. Started in 2015, the city program known as "There's a Better Way" pays panhandlers $9 an hour for daily work, and pr

Groups that oppose the pending mergers of giant companies that sell seeds and pesticides are pressing the new U.S. Attorney General to review the three mega-deals. (belfastEileen/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Some New Mexico groups are joining the call for more scrutiny of mega-mergers now in the works between multinational agribusiness companies that dominate the global market for seeds and pesticides. More than 300 groups have signed a letter to new U.S. Attorney General Jeff S

The Healthy Kids New Mexico program teaches children about fruits, vegetables and even how to make salads in order to maintain a healthy weight. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Health officials in New Mexico say childhood obesity in the state has decreased by 16 percent over the past five years, both in kindergartners and third graders. Despite the progress, however, the state's Department of Health says that means more than one-in-three third graders an

The new KIDS COUNT report notes plenty to be cautious about for New Mexico families, including the highest child poverty rate among the 50 states. (Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite gains in other areas, New Mexico children are ranked last among the 50 states for their high poverty rate, according to the annual KIDS COUNT report. The latest data, released today, shows that of the 16 factors cited, New Mexico kids made gains in a few areas, including a

Many New Mexico food stamp recipients will have to find jobs in order to keep their benefits, under new state regulations. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA FE, N.M. - New regulations for the new year now require many of New Mexico's food stamp recipients to find work in order to keep their benefits. Reinstating New Mexico's work rules for getting food assistance means as many as 60,000 people must find a job in the state with the nation's highest

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai

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