Getting to Know Mary Lucero, PhD.
I have been immersed in learning, teaching and conducting research in agriculture, environmental science, and biotechnology for over 3 decades.
One of the advantages of being in this field for so long is being able to witness the remarkable advancements that have taken place, including the emergence of new understanding about the tremendous power of those microbial communities that live on and in our crops, our soils, and even our own bodies!
As my career progressed, my own chronic health issues brought me to an important crossroads. There, I was forced to recognize that the same basic principles influence every kind of health. This includes our personal/physical health, plant and soil health, animal health, environmental health…
It was this discovery that would make a tremendous impact on my future work. As my own health was restored, conducting new research seemed less urgent than demonstrating these simple principles to those who can benefit from them.
The fact is, most of the food insecurity, economic hardship, and disease we are experiencing worldwide can be linked directly to decisions and policies that ignore the interdependence between our food, our environment, our lifestyles, and our health. Solutions are quite simple! They begin with changing our lifestyles and restoring those functional microbiomes and food webs that connect healthy people to a healthy planet.
The more we recognize this fact, and take action on it, the more impact we can make for future generations. I invite you to join me on this incredible journey.
Find copies of selected research publications below.