The Story of How Stuff We Produce and Consume Impacts Our Lives

The story of how the stuff we produce and consume impacts our lives.  Our alarmingly fast consumption rate will be unable to sustain itself.  It already is.

Do you ever stop and wonder where your stuff comes from?  Or why you can buy products at such low costs in The United States?  We have dollar stores, $5 and below's and don’t get me started on the online limitless cheap shopping.  Where is all this stuff coming from? Who’s making it? What is it even made of?.

Every product has a story.  From the resources that have been extracted to make it to the toxins it's been mixed with to produce.  The hands that produced it were attached to humans who suffered in factories breathing in these toxins and then right into our home the new little gadget or clothing item goes.  In six months we throw it out and buy a new one. Well, folks, we are not only running out of resources, we are abusing the ultimate resource… human resources!

We only have one planet.  You cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely.  We are now consuming things two times faster than we did fifty years ago.  The old one hopefully can be recycled but with planned/perceived obsolescence fueling the rate we are consuming our ability to stay on top of this is unsustainable.   With all this consumption our happiness is declining. That is why at Chihuahuan Desert Charities we are looking to create something new!

The principle of ensuring that our actions today do not limit the range of economic, social and environmental options open to future generations. (Elkington, 1999)

It is time we started investing in sustainable agriculture, in our food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment. Ensure the public health of both human communities and animal welfare.  By teaching Organic and sustainable agriculture we become empowered to produce healthful food, with the ability for future generations' to do the same.

The definition proposed by the 1994 Oslo Symposium on Sustainable Consumption defines it as:

The use of services and related products which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of future generations.

The DYGUP & SUSTAIN Program is a non-profit dedicated to regenerative organic agricultural practices to teach the benefits of land stewardship in the Paso del Norte Region. DYGUP, an acronym for Developing Youth from the Ground Up, is available to youth ages 14-17. The SUSTAIN program targets adults over 18 and combines "Roots Of Success" Environmental Literacy Curriculum with intensive farmer training. The DYGUP/ Sustain Program has many partnerships in the community including Taylor Hood FarmsBackyard  Farms LCFirst Christian Church, and Las Cruces High-School. Chihuahuan Desert Charities is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for DYGUP & Sustain and support their important work in the Las Cruces community.

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