Episode 2: Microbes, Minerals and Nutrition

Click on the Podcast Player to hear Dr. Mary Lucero and co-host Tony Pragner discuss the interplay between microbes and minerals that is necessary for good nutrition. The components nutritionists call “minerals” are what chemists call “elements.” Mineral nutrients come from the soil, air, and water plants grow in. Even if you don’t eat plants, the minerals in the meat ...

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The Origins of End-o-Fite Enterprises LLC

The Origins of End-o-Fite Enterprises LLC   End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC was established in 2012 with the intent to “end the fight” for food security by restoring microbes to agricultural soils and human microbiomes so that people would have better access to safe, nutritious food.  Restoring microbes requires restoring nutrients.  The two are inter-related in a complex dance between microbes that ...

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What Does Freedom Look Like?

Another Independence Day has passed us by.  My regular followers know that July 4th has special meaning to us as a business.  Afterall, I started this business because I recognized that our poor health and our poor economy are directly related to the freedoms that are disappearing from US society.  Freedoms that are being eroded away by so many policies ...

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End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC Featured on bOpIt Radio!

Thank you, Tony Pragner for featuring End-O-Fite Enterprises LLC on bOpIt Radio!     We have often said that you can’t build local food systems without building a local economy.   Small businesses are key to keeping money and other resources close to home.  bOpIt offers fabulous podcasting and radio tools for promoting small businesses in Southern New Mexico.   Tune in ...

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Considering Nopales for Arid Land Specialty Crops

Nopales, or Prickly Pear cactus, include numerous species of the genus Opuntia which thrive in poor soils and arid lands. These cacti can be grown and harvested for their tunas, or fruit, and for their pads.  They thrive in deeper, well drained soils, and can tolerate pH levels as high as 7.8.   California researchers have investigated the use of Nopales as ...

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Can Global Warming Reduce Nutrition?

According to a recent report in Science Advances (summarized in the Vox) increased atmospheric CO2, a key feature in global warming, can result in reduced crop nutrition.  They demonstrated this effect using rice, a staple crop that feeds much of the world.  This would seem threatening, since poor crop nutrition impacts food webs all the way from the soil to the plate.  Human ...

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Opportunities for Extension in the Private Sector

Are You Aspiring Towards A Career in Extension? If your heart is set on working in the public sector, this article is not for you.  Please move on.  However, if you are finding public options too limited, you may want to explore opportunities that allow more time for your family, provide a more flexible work schedule, or allow you more ...

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Why Is Living Soil a Disruptive Innovation?

We know soil is alive.  Why do we treat it like dirt? The first lesson in the first soils class I ever took covered what soil is made of.  We learned soil contains minerals, air, water, organic matter, and “critters”.  Yes.  That’s right.  Critters.  All those little squirmy, wiggly things that live underground.  Bacteria.  Fungi.  Worms.  Insects. Those living things ...

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