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Episode 89: Teresa Mares

Jul 26th, 2022

Dr. Teresa Mares is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont and is the Director of the Graduate Program in Food Systems. She received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She also completed a graduate certificate in Women Studies at the University of Washington.

Dr. Mares’ research focuses on the labor in the food system, food security and food sovereignty, and migration from Latin America. Her first book “Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont” was published by University of California Press (2019)”. Tune in to learn more about:

  • Farming in Vermont;
  • The three pillars of food systems – social, economic and environment;
  • Her book “Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont”;
  • Why migrant farm workers are called essential workers;
  • How migrant farm & food workers are valued in the US versus other countries;
  • The excitement of students for education in the area of food systems and why we have an obligation to do better in this area;
  • Her own journey on becoming a teacher in food systems and food justice;
  • The “Milk with dignity” campaign by Migrant Justice;
  • Her hope for the future of the food systems.

To learn more about Dr. Mares and her work go to

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