The progressive international nonprofit, Food Tank (founded by Danielle Nierenberg and Bernard Pollack), had its NYC summit yesterday and addressed one of the food industry's most urgent issues: waste. "40% of all food is wasted. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses." — Roy Steiner, Rockefeller Foundation
Doña Ana County is in a unique geographic border region known as the Paso del Norte, that is presented with the difficult community challenge of environmental conservation issues that threaten water, soil health, and biodiversity. Converting deserts into arable, green landscapes is a global vision, and desert farming is a strong growth area of agriculture worldwide. Chihuahuan Desert Charities is being proactive and preparing our youth for the future. A large part of the DYGUP regenerative agriculture curriculum is learning the value of composting, biodiversity and enriching soil.
The “Love the People, Feed the People of Las Cruces” campaign, sponsored by Chihuahuan Desert Charities, has begun! The campaign will run until October 1st. Proceeds will support the DYGUP & SUSTAIN Program at Legacy Farm.
Are our children suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder?
Yes! Children are spending 40-65 hours a week using electronics and fewer than 1 in 5 children walk or ride a bike to school. Childhood obesity has increased from 4% in 1960 to 20% today. Children have less time for unstructured, creative play in the outdoors than ever before in human history.
How are urban farms the answer to growing a sustainable city?
Urban farms are providing solutions to a myriad of urban ills. Such as blighted vacant lots, food insecurity, stormwater runoff, and declining neighborhoods. Over 50% of the world's population live in cities. Our city dwellers are having increased difficulty accessing fresh healthy foods, bringing high rates of malnutrition and obesity. With that comes increased health disparities. Including increased rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancers.