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Friday, February 26, 2010

Sen. Jeff Bingaman Helps Create NM Green Chile Month on Capitol Hill

Hatchchile Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) released a statement yesterday announcing that New Mexico green chile will make its Capitol Hill debut on Monday, March 1st.

The entire month of March has been designated as “Green Chile Month” in the Senate cafeteria and will be celebrated by featuring green chile on the menu and educating customers about the New Mexico pepper. As a result, the Senate cafeteria will begin a month-long promotion to introduce New Mexico green chile to the menu.

Bingaman worked with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the Senate cafeteria to help bring the New Mexico staple to the Senate community.

“For too long New Mexico green chile has been a well kept secret,” Bingaman said. “Green Chile Month will help introduce this unique flavor to the thousands of people who work in the Senate and the hundreds of visitors who eat in the cafeteria every day. It is my hope that this month-long event will help create a new market for this important New Mexico crop.”

I'd love to see some videos of people's initial reactions to a taste of the green!

February 26, 2010 at 09:28 AM in Food and Drink, Sen. Jeff Bingaman | Permalink


I would hope that Senator Jeff, as well as all NM Democratic candidates and incumbents, might have read the following NYT OpEd by Thomas Friedman: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/opinion/21friedman.html?scp=1&sq=the%20fat%20lady%20has%20sung&st=cse

Posted by: Antonia | Feb 26, 2010 11:22:04 AM

"the Senate cafeteria will begin a month-long promotion to introduce New Mexico green chile to the menu. "
So what are some of the recipes? I hope to dear god they don't corrupt our chile with un-wholesome fattening stereo-typical recipes . In most NM cuisine green chile with garlic is normally served separately at the table at every meal to be added to food as desired. I suggest this approach in the Senate cafeteria especially at breakfast. It should be plainly chopped with either freshly chopped garlic or garlic powder with a bit of salt no mas. It should not be "juicy" or made into any sort of "sauce". I like to leave the seeds as they add healthy fibre and are attractive in the chile.
If they corrupt the chile, it will be most triste indeed.

Posted by: qofdisks | Feb 26, 2010 11:44:34 AM

Thomas Friedman is one of the most inept and dishonest commentators out there. He was one of the leading cheerleaders for "free" trade. Now that all our jobs are in China and-or being performed by slaves elsewhere, he's worried about America?

The lean years? They are lean because of rich thieves, ponzi scheme operators and selfish "conservatives" who have refused to pay what they should in taxes for decades while they insist on the U.S. waging continual war(s).

This nation was fine when we kept jobs HERE, had a graduated income tax and didn't allow a whole class of lazy bloodsuckers to live without working or contributing because they are making money on "derivatives" and other shady dealings. Corporations in America used to pay taxes too. Now they pay almost nothing.

Friedman is one of those who helped create this fiscal monstrosity and now he acts like he had no idea how it happened except that "we" were too profligate? He is an asshole supreme.

Posted by: Not My Fault | Feb 26, 2010 3:33:01 PM

We New Mexicans love our chile, however the biggest problem we have to the success of the state's chile industry is not PR it is the chile monopoly (the multi-million dollar New Mexico Chile Associates) whose private corporate research is funded by our tax dollars via New Mexico State University. Did you know that the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is a university department of NMSU? They have been working with these millionaires to cut jobs by creating a chile picking machine and genetically modified chile among other projects.

What happen to Red and Christmas chile? Let's hope that the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is representing all New Mexico chile & growers and not using tax payers dollars to do the PR for the multi-million-dollar NM chile associated companies from down south, they can afford to do their own research and PR. The small and landrace chile farmers from the North, South, East, and West need representation when it comes to publicly funded PR not those millionaires.

Posted by: Daniel | Feb 26, 2010 5:40:52 PM

Well, chile in NM has been genetically manipulated since the Japanese gardener came to NMSU after World War II. There is a new seed that has been bred back to regain the original intense flavor from heirloom variety that was available to home gardeners and farmers last year. No doubt the millionaires have moved in on this seed. I would be very distressed to know that chile has been made to be "round up ready" as these round up ready crops have proven to be unwholesome for eating and cross pollinating in nature and surrounding fields. If the seeds have genetic markers, then they are likely to be patented to big corporate conglomerates such as Monsanto and WILL crowd out the small chile growers enviably. See the movie, Food Inc. to understand what is awaiting our small chile farmers.

Posted by: qofdisks | Feb 26, 2010 9:30:45 PM

Thank you for your thoughts, Qofdisks!

I believe that the seed was grown for and on one of the NM Chile Associate millionaire’s plantations, and the available so called “heritage seed” designed with our tax dollars was only made available in very limited quantities to small gardeners through NMSU.

From all appearances, it seems that the monopoly associates now controls that seed stock. I suspect the seeds do have genetic markers, so then they are most likely already in the process to be patented.

Besides the concerns already mentioned, this brings up a relevant affair regarding the intellectual property rights of the historical chile landrace farmers whose seeds they have taken genes from to produce that seed stock. Who is protecting their rights?

The details of this matter is certainly something worthy of an honest investigation, especially since both NMSU and at least one of the millionaire associate companies are clients of the same intellectual property rights law firm, Peacock and Myers, P.C. see client list @ href: http://www.peacocklaw.com/Clients.html Seems like a pretty good setup they got going on there.

Posted by: Daniel | Mar 1, 2010 5:56:30 PM

Just as we thought, the US Senate, Green Chile Month is an advertizing stunt to further enrich the multi-million dollar Bueno Foods Company of the New Mexico Chile Association.

It has nothing to do with the rest of the chile growers here in New Mexico.

Posted by: Wow | Mar 3, 2010 6:51:57 PM