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Matilyn Mortensen

Down a narrow backpacker alley in southern Vietnam, an idea that never quite took off in Utah is thriving. Visitors from around the world have left their mark on the walls of the Nonla Guys restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

Honduras water source
Emily Karol / iDE

Change can be difficult for people who have been practicing certain methods for generations, like farmers in Central America. UPR’s agriculture reporter Bronson Teichert traveled to Honduras to see how individuals are inspiring change in their communities to stay ahead of an evolving economic climate.

Hondruas water
Emily Karol / iDE

Utah is one of the driest states in North America according to the National Climate Center. Modern infrastructure, technology, government appointed officials and locals who care about our natural resources help farmers to grow our food year after year.  

When the last tap pounded the Golden Spike into place, the telegraph operators standing alongside tapped out the word DONE. Whistles blew and hats flew through the air – the Transcontinental was done but railroading in Utah had really just begun. 

'I Think We’re Probably Very Much In The Same Place' - A One Small Step Conversation

Apr 16, 2019

Today, we’re going to eavesdrop on a conversation between two strangers... It’s part of a new StoryCorps initiative called One Small Step that brings together people on opposite sides of the political divide. 

Drip systems help families like the Garcia's become more efficient producers
Emily Karol / iDE

First world countries like the United States have developed infrastructures, strong economies and reliable agricultural systems allowing its citizens to consume what they want, when they want. 

From Honduras To Utah: Coffee's Journey To Your Cup Pt 2

Mar 21, 2019
Lenon Diaz tests farmers' coffee to determine quality
Emily Karol / iDE

This story is part two of a feature series about agriculture in Honduras. If you didn’t hear part one, we heard UPR’s agriculture reporter Bronson Teichert talk about how much money Honduran farmers make growing coffee and how they are becoming more efficient business owners. 

For part two of this story, Bronson tells us about the strict process that coffee beans go through after harvesting to even make it out of the country and how it impacts individuals in the coffee industry.

From Honduras To Utah: Coffee's Journey To Your Cup Pt 1

Mar 20, 2019
Coffee beans are harvested by hand
Emily Karol / iDE

In the United States, most people enjoy the luxury of going to the grocery store or a restaurant and not breaking the bank. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average American makes around $850 a week. That means we get to spend that money on things like coffee grown in Honduras.