Require GMO Labeling

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Like parents across New Mexico, knowing what’s in the food I buy for my family is important to me. This is one of the main reasons why I think it’s so important that Congress act to require products sold in grocery stores to be clearly labeled if they are genetically modified. Providing transparency to consumers will ensure they are able to make informed decisions about the food they purchase.

The federal government requires labeling of concentrated orange juice, after all.  Doesn’t everyone have the right to know what’s in their food?

I have cosponsored the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act to make sure consumers can find genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredient labeling on food packaging. The legislation presents an alternative to a Senate Agriculture Committee bill being debated on the floor this week that would prohibit states from implementing GMO labeling laws.

A commitment to strengthen our agriculture industry also requires a commitment to our consumers, which is why we need a uniform federal GMO labeling standard.

Americans deserve to know exactly what’s in the food they purchase at the grocery store. I will continue to fight for clear and accurate labeling of food products so we can all make more informed decisions about the foods we are feeding our families.

Listening to the needs and voices of all constituents is key to building a better New Mexico. I encourage you to share your comments, suggestions, and questions. Please contact me any time I can be of assistance to you and your family.

Warm Roasted Beet Salad


Warm Roasted Beet Salad
Print Recipe
This is a wonderful warming salad, great for reminding us of the upcoming tastes of spring.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
1–2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
1–2 hours
Warm Roasted Beet Salad
Print Recipe
This is a wonderful warming salad, great for reminding us of the upcoming tastes of spring.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
1–2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
1–2 hours
Servings: people
  1. Coat the chopped beats with a bit of oil and the balsamic vinegar and place in a roasting pan. Roast in the oven at 300° F for 1–2 hours until they are just soft when pierced with a sharp knife. (the total cooking time will vary depending on the size of the beet pieces). Meanwhile, place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse it well under running water. Then place the quinoa and the 1/2 cup of water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a strong simmer and simmer covered until all the water is absorbed and the grains have burst open, about 15–20 minutes. Keep an eye on it in case you need to add a bit more water toward the end.
  2. Combine the warm roasted beets, quinoa, and beet greens, and serve with a garnish of chopped pecans. The greens will wilt slightly in the warmth of the beets and quinoa. The chopped stems of the leaves will provide a pleasing crunch.
Recipe Notes

If you are making this ahead of time, you can combine the roasted beets, cooked quinoa and the fresh beet greens and gently warm through in a casserole in the oven shortly before serving.

Share this Recipe

Treat Your Sweetheart

Local Sweet Grass Co-op Filet Mignon, Wrapped in Beeler's Bacon

Enjoy nothing but the best this Valentine’s Day with 100% Grass-Fed Filet Mignon wrapped in deliciously thick cut hickory smoked Beeler’ Bacon.

Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Los Alamos Study Group


The Los Alamos Study Group first began meeting in Los Alamos in 1989 and formally organized as a non-profit in 1992. We are primarily an investigative, research and education organization working on nuclear weapons, climate, and energy policy. We place particular emphasis on the education and training of young activists and scholars.

We primarily work with Congress, its investigative agencies, the Department of Energy (DOE), and other parts of the Executive Branch. We also work to inform the diplomatic community at the UN and elsewhere. Our careful, reasoned approach has gained us many friends and built bridges even with people in the nuclear labs and plants. Since September 11, 2001, our work has increasingly placed nuclear weapons in the context of aggression abroad and the militarization of our society at home.

Domestically, our primary goal is to help national decision makers develop budgets and plans that reflect a necessary rapid transformation in DOE’s mission, focusing in particular on DOE’s nuclear labs. DOE planning and budgeting must include dramatically greater funding in renewable energy and allied fields while protecting the environment, bolstering our lagging economy, and providing clear signals to private investors that will engage them as partners in building a sustainable society. These budgetary policies must be sound regional policies as well, and they must be politically practical, not just throwaway gestures.

Obama’s nuclear weapons plans and programs are expected to cost at least $1 trillion over the next 30 years, or more. It is significantly more than current Department of Defense (DoD) and DOE nuclear spending. Full funding to replace the entire nuclear arsenal—Obama’s plan—implies further re-balancing of US priorities away from society and the environment, toward the military and the corporate nuclear complex.

Our nuclear missiles and bombs are militarily useless, but they have powerful domestic roles. They shape our politics, nationally and especially in New Mexico.

These investments undermine our own social contract, the morality and coherence of our own foreign policy, and our willingness to address the real problems we face. We can help bring some awareness, perhaps a critical part, given the centrality of New Mexico and the national labs located here. We need to work together, now more than ever. This year and the next will be crucial.

We hope that you will bring a bag and donate your dimes to help forward work on weapons, climate and energy issues and address the many problems we face. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at or or go to our website at and sign up for our news bulletins or make a donation.

Westside Best of 2015 Sale

Westside's best sellers of 2015 are on sale now!

Stop by our Westside store and check out these fabulous deals on our 2015 Best Sellers. You don’t want to miss picking up some organic chicken, wild caught sockeye salmon or local cheese. Sale is on now through Saturday, January 16.

Sale includes Mary's organic chicken, wild sockeye salmon, local feta cheese and more.

Learn to Grow Your Own Food!

Veteran Farmer Project 2016 Class Series

Every year, the Veteran Farmer Project hosts a series of FREE classes on agriculture and home gardening with the help and support of some great local agriculture experts. These classes are organized to educate veterans, active service personnel, and their families on current techniques and considerations related to growing food organically, but the classes are also open to members of the larger community. Though priority seating is given to veterans and other military personnel, there is usually plenty of space for community membrs to sit in as well.

Classes take place every Thursday from January 28 through March 3. They are held at the Bernalillo County Extension Office at 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW from 3:00pm to about 4:15pm. To ensure the best chance of being able to attend these FREE classes, RSVP by emailing Here’s the class lineup for 2016:

January 28: Backyard Food Production
Topics and discussion on planning a garden or an edible landscape. When to get started, financial considerations, what to grow, annuals, perennials, small livestock and much more. Instructor: Alberto Lopez

February 4: Soil Preparation
This class will provide information on different methods to prepare soil for food production. Emphasis will be on Albuquerque and surrounding areas’ desert soils. Instructor: Alberto Lopez

February 11: Planting for Pollinators and other Beneficials
This class will feature both slides and specimens. Instructor: Graeme Davis

February 18: Holistic Orchard Strategies
Gordon Tooley of Tooley’s Trees will share a variety of skills to create and maintain a holistic orchard. Instructor: Gordon Tooley

February 25: Seeds: Growing, Saving, and Why Organic!
A slideshow and talk about organic, native, traditional, heirloom, and open-pillinated seeds. How to save and store seeds and how to plan for next year’s seed crop. Instructor: Brett Bakker

March 3: Growing Organic: The Hows and Whys of Organic Production and Certification
Learn basic organic theory and how to get started growing all things organic. Instructor: Joan Quinn


For more information or to RSVP, email

Donate-a-Dime Organization of the Month: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society NM Chapter


Every month, La Montañita sponsors a local community-based organization through our Donate-a-Dime bag program.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS created the Information Resource Center to provide blood cancer patients, their families and health professionals’ accurate, current disease information and support. In New Mexico, the money supports local research, patients and families.

In Fiscal Year 2015 (July 2014-June 2015) the New Mexico /El Paso Chapter in addition to funneling funds to research the New Mexico chapter provided co-pay assistance of $278,041 to 145 patients for treatment, offered four family support groups and matched patients with caregivers and responded to hundreds of inquiries for support and information.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors free community-based education programs for patients, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Local doctors and other healthcare professionals lead these programs providing information on treatment options, strengthening your decision-making and coping skills, manage treatment side effects and finding resources, including financial assistance.

Professional Education

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) sponsors a number of free community-based professional education programs for healthcare professionals, particularly for oncology nurses and social workers. Patients, their families and caregivers are also invited to attend. These programs are led by local doctors and other healthcare professionals and offer continuing education credits for nurses and social workers. Please call the New Mexico/El Paso Chapter for upcoming Professional Education Programs at (505) 872-0141 or (888) 286-7846.

Help the LLS help people with blood cancer and their families. Their dedicated community volunteers are the heart and soul of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Volunteers can help with: school and youth programs, team trainings the Light the Night Walk Event, general office assistance and more. Or let the LLS know your area of expertise, such as public relations, marketing, finance, fundraising and event planning so they can connect you with the right volunteer opportunity.

There are many different ways you can participate in The New Mexico/El Paso Leukemia & Lymphoma Chapter and make a difference in the lives of those touched by blood cancer. The most immediate way this month is to bring your reusable shopping bag and in January Donate a Dime to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information call 505-872-0141 or go to

Edited by Robin Seydel from information provided by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

EDITORS NOTE: A review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on the relationship between pesticide exposure and the risk of blood lymphomas has confirmed the existence of a link with glyphosate commonly known as Roundup that is sprayed ubiquitously on all Monsanto produced GMO food crops as well as promoted to consumers for control of weeds in their gardens and around their homes.

The study “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” focused on systematic reviews and a series of meta-analysis of almost 30 years worth of epidemiological research on the relationship between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recently determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).

2015 Patronage Dividend


The La Montañita Co-op Board of Directors is pleased to announce a patronage refund in the total amount of $235,000. This represents 0.9% of member sales for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015. Of that total, the Board has approved a cash refund to members of $110,000. This is 0.42% of total sales, and is also equal to last year’s refund of $110,000. The balance will be retained in member equity. The patronage refund is one of the main economic links between the Co-op and its members; the refund allows members to share in the financial health of the Co-op in proportion to their patronage.

Each Co-op member will receive a refund equaling 0.42% of her or his purchases from the Co-op during the past fiscal year in cash or store credit. Members can claim their cash or credit at the register at any La Montañita store (members who live outside of New Mexico will receive a check). This year, we sent out Patronage Certificates through both email and snail mail. If we have an email address on file for you, check your inbox. If we don’t, keep an eye on your mailbox.

There are a few different numbers listed in the Patronage Certificate, so here are some definitions that might help you understand what they all mean:
Patronage Certificate — your notification that the Co-op Board has declared a Patronage Dividend and what you as an owner will receive.

Purchase Total — your total purchases during the September 1, 2014 thru August 31,2015 fiscal year.

Allocation Paid — this year’s cash portion amount redeemable at any register of your total patronage refund.

Allocation Retained — the portion that you are reinvesting in this community owned business this year as determined by the Board of Directors.

Cumulative Allocation Paid — the amount that you as an owner have received in the cash portion of your Patronage Dividends over the duration of your ownership. If this amount equals the Allocation Paid column it means you are a new owner this fiscal year.

Cumulative Allocation Retained — the amount that you as an owner have reinvested in our community-owned cooperative over the lifetime of your ownership.
If you have a comment regarding the Board of Directors’ allocation decision, you can contact them at If you have a more general question about the Patronage Dividend or the redemption process, please contact the Membership Department either by sending an email to or calling us at (505) 217-2027 or (505) 217-2016.