Weekly Discussion Post

How many examples can you find in the video of our biology and behavior intersecting? Provide a list of these biocultural examples with a brief explanation of each

Our modern culture sets the production of consumable goods as the ultimate purpose. Buying and consumption of goods have been ritualized for ego and economic satisfaction resulting in global depletion of resources. The production culture encourages excessive use of goods, quick replacement of the goods, and dumping. The desire to produce has led to erosion of natural resources; forests, fisheries, and natural features have significantly dropped to meet production needs. Unfortunately, we use more than what nature has to offer, threatening all life in the universe. The factories release toxic chemicals that make water and air unsafe for use. The goods also contain a significant portion of poisonous substances that eventually find a way into our body system. The emphasis on overdosing the market with stuff encourages the design of quickly dumped products through planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence. Consequently, goods are utilized in less than six months and discarded internally and externally, causing land pollution or burned polluting the air. Diseases such as cancer and asthma are rampant today because of the release of toxic substances on the environment (Leonard).

The culture of production has led to externalized cost production. We enjoy shopping for goods at lower prices, but other countries suffer at our expense. Third world countries lose their natural resources; get their air, water, and land polluted, and future trivialized when young people drop out of school to work in the factories established in their region. Moreover, factories are set up in third world countries, causing further pollution of the environment and climatic changes. The national happiness level has also significantly reduced courtesy of consumption culture. We spend most of our time anxious and depressed while struggling to meet the changing market demands. Eventually, we spend less time on things we like and family and end up unhappy due to shopping culture (Leonard).

Works Cited

Leonard, Annie. “The Story of Stuff.” YouTube, 22 Apr. 2009, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM.

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