Teresa M. Mares

Teresa M. Mares
University of Vermont | UVM · Department of Anthropology

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Existing scholarship on agroecology and food systems education within U.S. colleges and universities has focused primarily on preparing students to be professionals working in agrifood systems. Developing students' skills and competencies, though vitally important, may not suffice for supporting transformative learning. Transformative learning shif...
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In Vermont, approximately 1000–1200 migrant workers from Latin America are helping to sustain the state’s dairy industry. These dairy workers, the majority of whom are from Mexico and Guatemala, experience significant mental health impacts stemming from a combination of stressors due to leaving their home of origin and challenges related to working...
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Latinx migrant farmworkers face numerous barriers in accessing health care which are linked in part to self-medication practices using health products manufactured and sold abroad. This study explores the use of mail-ordered medication among the understudied population of Latinx migrant dairy workers in Vermont, a northeastern international border...
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This symposium explores the well-being of Latinx farmworkers living and laboring in the United States. Our primary aim is to take a deeper look at the lived experiences of farmworkers. In the introduction, we explore the various ways in which well-being is framed in diverse academic disciplines, and how the concept of well-being has been employed i...
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First paragraph: It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Maria unleased her fury on Puerto Rico, Dominica, and the U.S Virgin Islands in September 2017. Hurricane Maria caused an estimated US$94 billion in damages, with the majority of those damages reported in Puerto Rico (Mercy Corps, 2019). It is estimated that 2,975 Puerto Ricans lost the...
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First paragraph: In the previous Cultivating Comida column, the eco­nomic challenges confronting Vermont’s dairy industry were discussed alongside the new possi­bility of justice for workers in the industry. Fol­lowing years of farmworker organizing led by the grassroots group Migrant Justice, more than a year has now passed since Vermont’s iconic...
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First paragraph: What role does love play in challenging the devastating impacts of capitalism on our food system? What role does hope play? For Holt-Giménez, the author of A Foodie’s Guide to Capital­ism, both love and hope are essential in building a more just and sustainable world, and his newest book is inspired by his long career of allying w...
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First paragraph: For Maria, the small kitchen garden that she tends behind her house brings a sense of balance to her family and a sense of agency over the food that sustains them. As she explained to me, “The garden balances us. What we harvest from the garden is healthier for me and my kids and my family because it is fresher. My kids also help...
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First paragraph: As a professor, I am convinced that tinkering with a course syllabus is one of the best parts of the job. Each semester (admittedly, sometimes just a few days before it starts), redesigning the outline of required texts, assignments, and course expectations gives me a thrill that few other aca­demic obligations do. This routine ye...
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Over the past several decades, the state of Vermont has become a national leader in the local food movement. Located along the banks of Lake Champlain, Chittenden County is a hub for the local food movement and innovative food security efforts. This article presents qualitative data from a collaborative research project examining the multiple ways...
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This article argues that the efforts of worker-run governance bodies are integral for securing worker citizenship at consumer cooperatives; however, are not immune to challenges associated with forging worker solidarity across racial and ethnic lines. Using a mixed methods approach that includes focus groups, individual interviews, and textual and...
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Reading Seeds of Resistance, Seeds of Hope while Vermont became the first state in the nation to mandate the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) brought special poignancy to the arguments it presents. Composed of 12 chapters on topics ranging from the conservation of potato varieties in the Andes to the cultural significance of corn f...
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Across the globe, people are challenging the agro-industrial food system and its exploitation of people and resources, reduction of local food varieties, and negative health consequences. In this collection leading international anthropologists explore food activism across the globe to show how people speak to, negotiate, or cope with power through...
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This article examines the role of emergency food in the lives of Latino/a immigrants in Seattle, Washington in a period marked by economic crisis and the effects of neoliberal welfare reform. Drawing upon more than four years of ethnographic fieldwork, it argues that the utilization of emergency food programs is not only a necessary survival strate...
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Although the concept of food sovereignty is rooted in International Peasant Movements across the global south, activists have recently called for the adoption of this framework among low-income communities of color in the urban United States. This paper investigates on-the-ground processes through which food sovereignty articulates with the work of...
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This article brings together scholarship on foodways and identity with discourses of sustainable and local food to illuminate the food practices of Latino/a immigrants living in Seattle, WA. Drawing upon 4 years of ethnographic research, this article argues that migration and placemaking impact the maintenance of culturally meaningful foodways and...
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In this article, we bring together academic literature tracing contemporary social movements centered on food, unpacking the discourses of local food, community food security, food justice, and food sovereignty. This body of literature transcends national borders and draws on a rich genealogy of studies on environmental justice, the intersections o...

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