In the latest edition of Edible Magazine, a magazine that features how food in New Mexico is being grown and produced, there is quite the interesting section on La Moñanita Co-op. Run by five women, La Moñanita gives the chance to all New Mexicans to have a much greater influence on what they are eating in a modern economy. Since since so much of our economy is based off of consumerism, this Co-op gives the opportunity to everyday shoppers to have a hand in what they are consuming. It only takes fifteen dollars to become an owner of the Co-op, and with so many members it represents the community taking control of what they are consuming. It distributes the wealth among those who rely most heavily on the products they are buying. Next, just as much as Whole Foods, it produces fresh organicly grown food for the community. Also, it focuses on producing healthy food. While the food in Whole Foods is delicious, it is not necessarily healthy (have you seen their dessert section?). La Moñanita offers a pro health solution to the sustainable shopper. So, while Whole Foods represents opening up environmentally friendly, healthy food to the public in a gradual manner, the Co-op is the next step up towards a sustainable and healthy way of shopping.
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Cooking with Kids is an organization that is mostly comprised of women and that focuses mainly on making sure that kids start out their lives eating right. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a junk food addiction and like so many others, this is probably because of how I grew up. It is a lot easier to just throw a pre-packaged lunch into your bag than have your parents make something for you when. Unfortunately, this often leads to an unbalanced and over-processed diet. Cooking with Kids works to directly address this issue by exposing children to food they otherwise might not eat. It also teaches them the importance of learning to cook healthily. Exposing kids to healthy unprocessed foods at a younger age and in a way that encourages fun and excitement is perhaps just the way to get kids curious about what exactly they are eating.