This week on New Mexico in Focus, Our Land’s Laura Paskus hosts a special roundtable to discuss all things food—why it costs so much, why so much of it gets thrown away, and the social justice issues associated with access.

Paskus begins by asking the group why more than 100,000 tons of food is wasted each year in Albuquerque.

Then, the roundtable discusses possible solutions to food waste, considering everything from smaller serving sizes at restaurants to composting expired produce at home.

Paskus steps back for the final segment and explores how food waste has taken a toll on our planet and how fixing that problem is essential in our attempt to address climate change.  

Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks with Neal Hitch, senior curator at the Museum at Bethel Woods, about an oral history project on Woodstock 55 years after the event. Photographer Lisa Law joins the conversation to share her experiences from the historic music festival and to explain why Santa Fe is a perfect place to gather more stories. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.    

NMiF Segments

Understanding Food Waste and Food Justice in NM 
Exploring Solutions for Food Waste
How Food Waste Contributes to Climate Change 

Laura Paskus 

Sandra West, sustainable waste specialist, City of Albuquerque 
Amanda Rich, assistant director, Three Sisters Kitchen  
Anton Becker-Stumpf, Southwest Organizing Project 

Woodstock Oral History Project Capturing Stories from Santa Fe 
Jeff Proctor 

Neal Hitch, senior curator, Museum at Bethel Woods 
Lisa Law, photographer 

Jeff Proctor 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus's senior producer for public affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez, and co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

The Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV provides funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future.