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The Best Farms

I would like to highlight two special places- Vital Farms and Organic Pastures. These farms commercially sell eggs and dairy products, but both are Certified Humane, and offer the best care to their animals that I have seen in these industries.

Vital Farms, which produces eggs, is made up of several family-owned farms, all of which have been inspected and deemed humane, through the Humane Farm Animal Care (HFCA) guidelines. The hens are pasture-raised, meaning that they each have 108… Continue

Added by Taylor Figueroa on August 8, 2017 at 8:05am — No Comments

Handy Dandy Baking Soda

   Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), commonly known as baking soda (not to be confused with sodium carbonate or washing soda, or baking powder, a mixture between baking soda and cream of tartar), is mostly looked upon as a cooking agent, but it has so many other uses! In cooking, it works as a leavening agent in replacement of yeast because exposure to heat and acids, such as its “best friend” vinegar, the powdery white substance produces gas, giving treats like pastries, bread,…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on July 6, 2017 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Things I Thought of

  Imagine a meterstick. Both ends say “extreme” and the middle says “balanced.” There is no good or bad on this spectrum, just deviations from balance. This tool can be used to measure anything, but the mean, or balance, might be perceived differently by different people, like bad sampling leading to a faulty confidence interval. Only God can see the true mean (pun intended), the true balance, and the true measure of things. That is why we are not to judge.…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on July 5, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

   Just recently, an amazing new policy was proposed- Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. This policy would ensure that companies using the USDA Organic label refer to “humane “ treatment of animals. Yes, more work needs to be done before the standards require 100% humane treatment, but it is far better than what is required now.

Some of the new standards include:

  • A minimum space requirement…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on June 11, 2017 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Save the Wild Horses

   The Department of the Interior's​ Bureau of Land Management is given the responsibility of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, which seeks to manage the wild equine population. There is a debate about whether these animals are invasive species, or native to America, as thousands of years ago, horses became extinct in America, and weren't reintroduced until the 1500s, when Spanish conquistadors brought in their mustangs. Although the landscape has probably changed over the…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on June 11, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of the Number 5

  Although polydactylism affects about 0.2% of the population, the fact that #5 represent the other 99.8%’s amount of fingers per hand may be one of the most important factors in the way society organizes itself. Because most people have two hands, your value became the midpoint from 0 to 10, with 9 in the highest place for a single digit. This is known as the base 10 system, which was developed in many ancient societies. Some societies even made you the base- a base 5…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on May 30, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Smart Growth in El Paso

  I would like to implement smart growth into the newer regions of El Paso.  Three smart growth methods include the discouragement of zoning, cultivation of a community identity, and mixing of house size and price.

  By discouraging zoning, businesses, parks, and schools would be able to be built within neighborhoods, making it easier for people to walk wherever they need to go. Walking reduces vehicle use, and therefore pollution and traffic,…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on May 30, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Vegan French Toast


  • 1/2 medium banana (about 1/3 cup in slices)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/6 cup pineapple juice (can also be apple juice or milk substitute)
  • 2 slices of bread (or an english muffin split in two)
  • coconut oil


  1. Cut 1/2 a banana into round…

Added by Taylor Figueroa on April 18, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cattle-Related Issues

  • large amount of methane, a greenhouse gas, is released through their digestion.
  • living in concentrated ares makes methane dense.
  • poor living conditions causes stress and health problems.
  • grain-based diet causes bloating, sickness, and premature death.
  • increased antibiotic use to counteract illness.
  • inappropriate living space is inhumane. Cows cannot walk.
  • nitrogen in manure (again, when in high concentration, which it usually is)…

Added by Taylor Figueroa on April 18, 2017 at 10:52am — No Comments

Update on Eco-Column

  My betta, Chili Trung, and nerite snail, Gizmo, both survived! Unfortunately, the aloe vera and tomato plants died in an accident ( the terrestrial chamber tipped over). Still, I was able to take Chili and Gizmo home, and they are doing amazing. They looks much healthier, with great color and energy. Not only that, but I also got a 100 on my report for the project. An overall success!

Added by Taylor Figueroa on March 10, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Blog-a-thon: Why am I Proud to be a Latina?

  In El Paso, I never credit the rich diversity of Mexican culture. Everyday, I hear the Spanish language and festive music, smell the greasy tacos and rice, and see the decorative murals, bright in color, adorned with scenes of fruit and gardens. It's easy to get bored of it all, when that is all that you see. I tend to take it for granted.

  However, I once spent a whole summer in Arizona, with a group of girls around my age. There were about two other latinas, but the rest were…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on March 10, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Blog-a-thon: What is Feminism?

  Feminism is the advocacy for equality among genders. Feminism does not aim to diminish the power of men, but demands the same power for women. What chromosomes (XX) or (XY) you're randomly born with should not determine anything about you, except what kind of reproductive system you will develop. And that body you develop is but a shell- you are who you are inside. The body is an asset for living in the physical universe, and you are the only one who has control of that body. It is like a…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on March 9, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

Blog-a-thon: Chica Poderosa

  My power comes from my determination- my future goals in life, and will to obliterate injustices all around the globe. Usually, my main focus is on animal rights and the urgent need to save endangered species from extinction, but in order to have success in this, I realize that human and environmental rights also need to be taken care of. We cannot expect starving people to have the motivation to change their agricultural methods, for example, and we cannot improve biodiversity unless…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on March 7, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Wall of Wildlife

  I thought and thought about the tragedy of the Wall. Walls don't have a good connotation due to historical events- the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China (watch Mulan, the Huns were not happy. In real life: the Xiongnu.), the wall of Jericho... I think walls just remind people of what they cannot do, and creates tension and hate.

  I understand that it is unfair for immigrants to pass freely, but I understand that refugees need to escape to safety, and are often too desperate or…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on January 30, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments


  Another thing that has been driving me bananas this past two weeks is my ecocolumn project in environmental science. I have to construct a sustainable habitat in a bottle, basically, consisting of a terrestrial, aquatic, and decomposition layer. The thing is, we are not allowed to interfere with the aquatic chamber (besides to take tests) for 5 weeks! Biogeochemical cycles must take care of everything. I worry sick about how my poor betta fish, Chili Trung, and nerite snail, Gizmo, as well…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on January 30, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

King Corn and Food Inc. Review

  Both “King Corn” and “Food Inc.” are relatively outdated movies- 2007 and 2008 respectively. Things have changed since then, but for the most part, agribusiness and food production have stayed the same. It may be, however, that these documentaries brought awareness of corruption in the food industry, and some of these changes owe it to the documentaries.

  Two changes that I have seen in the past eight years are the lowering of high fructose…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on December 23, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments


This is a good activity to try when you're feeling self-conscious. I did it for a scholarship competition, but it can easily be done whenever you want. What you do is write your name, and come up with traits that you have and like about yourself. You don't have to explain them like I did, so long as you know why you like the chosen traits. Here is my example:

Tomboy- a girl that doesn't fall into gender…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on December 23, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

The Importance of... Game

   I want to start writing about the importance of things; mainly the importance of specific species of animals. Plants and natural resources are great too, but other topics can be considered. There are too many choices if I just take some off the top of my head, so I am asking for any suggestions. If you find yourself questioning, “why are sting rays important?” for example, you can leave that comment on my blog or page, and hopefully I’ll be able to answer it. This could…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on November 29, 2016 at 5:12pm — No Comments

The 2016 Election

  Lately, people have been afraid of the 2016 Election’s results. I admit that it has been annoying to hear so many people complain, and I feel bad for complaining further.

  The best thing to do would have to be, rather than complain, accept and respect the upcoming President, and influence him. We can let him see things our way. However, complaining just annoys people, and wouldn’t be effective in helping him see alternative points of view. A…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on November 29, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Hispanic Heritage Month 2016: Prompt 2: Growing up Latina

  I've always felt a little out of tune with my ethnic cultural background. For the most part, I was raised purely American, but there were little hints of Mexican culture. Just not to the extent of many of my classmates.

  What I mean is, I always go to school and wonder what people are saying. I probably know more French or Chinese than I do Spanish (I'm not fluent in those languages either though.). Yet, there are some Spanish words I've picked up on through the years. For example,…


Added by Taylor Figueroa on October 11, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments




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