There are some people who have been supporting NYCUP's LoGOFF Movement since the beginning. Trevor Agatsuma is one of those people! In October 2013 he wrote this for the Huffington Post:
Trevor Agatsuma, InterVarsity staff at NYU, writes about his journey that lead him to LOGOFF.
TURNING A GENERATION OF CONSUMERS INTO A GENERATION OF STEWARDS
“I love a good deal. You will often find me at the grocery store looking for the best unit price on a given product. But what I didn’t know was that my blind frugality would often support the destruction of the environment and the exploitation of people all along the supply line of the products I bought.
I grew up in Seattle, so Green values were instilled in me. I would take a bottle across town to recycle it. I was one of an increasing number of Christians who feels compelled by our faith to steward the earth. I think the values were there. However, I told myself that spending a little on everyday products and giving the extra to charity was being a good steward. This point of view fails to see the big picture.
My turning point was seeing a documentary called The Dark Side of Chocolate. It exposes how much of the chocolate available in the average grocery store comes from cocoa suppliers that will traffic and enslave children to work on their plantations. At first I didn’t want to see it. I didn’t want to be forced to spend more. But after I saw the faces of the children sold into slavery, I moved from being bothered by guilt to being convicted through compassion.
So I started to only buy slave-free chocolate whenever I could. This is how I got involved in an initiative called LoGOFF – Local, Green, Organic, Fair (Trade), Free (No Slaves) which was started by my friend and colleague, Jonathan Walton.” Click here to read the rest of Trevor’s article featured in the Huffington Post."
LoGOFF stands for Local, Green, Organic, Fair and Free. Wanna know more? Click here.
LoGOFF is what Facebook, Yelp, Seamless, Tumblr and Google Maps would be if they were focused on informing and equipping users to participate in redemptive justice
Like Facebook, building online and offline communities through sharing photos, videos, events and engaging content.
Like Yelp, an easy to use, searchable database of curated products, goods and services.
Like Seamless, facilitate the purchase of goods and services from vendors
Like Tumblr, share expert contributor and popular user generated content.
And like Google Maps, an accessible, up-to-date map of people, products/businesses and events where users can search, rate, and purchase products and services; and connect with users online and offline via events and opportunities to serve, becoming "neighbors" much like friends on Facebook.
Our platform will guide “Neighbors” through 4 ways of personal, relational and systemic engagement. They are Prayer, Partnership, Purchasing and Policy.
Over the next 7 days, you'll see what we're doing, why we're doing it and who is already on board! And of course you'll have the opportunity to help us reach our goals!