Readers of this Blog have perhaps become aware of the critiques I and others offer regarding mainstream economics. The latest imposition that economics has made on our lives is not based in theory (so it seems) but appears to have been due to a failure of spreadsheet management and arithmetic. 'Eminent' Harvard economists whose work has been used by many for the wave of austerity programmes around the world have been shown to have made a mistake with serious implications:
"in their Excel spreadsheet, Reinhart and Rogoff had not selected the
entire row when averaging growth figures: they omitted data from
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada and Denmark. In other words, they had accidentally only included 15 of the 20 countries under analysis in their key calculation.
When that error was corrected, the “0.1% decline” data became a 2.2% average increase in economic growth."
I wonder if this was an example of practice to support a pre-held theory?
This article has just come through as part of The Wrap, an update of developments from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS (University of Technology Sydney). It is a great way to explore food issues systemically.
"The Love Food Hate Waste short film competition, organised by the
Institute and the City of Sydney, asked budding filmmakers to show the
world in either 30 seconds, or 3 to 5 minutes, why it’s important to
celebrate a healthy and sustainable love of food and highlight the
growing problem of food waste.
According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority, which funded
the competition as part of the Love Food Hate Waste program, NSW
households are throwing away edible food worth $2.5 billion each year.
The judging panel, including Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s
Gardening Australia, Jared Ingersol, founder of Danks Street Depot and
Sarah Wilson, television presenter and author, awarded Ryan Diefenbach’s
Rhythm of Waste best film in the 30 second category.
Ryan, a UTS student studying journalism and law, said that he had
never properly considered the issue of food waste before entering the
competition. “I decided to enter for the chance to develop my filmmaking
experience, but once I took a step back and understood the scale of the
problem I realised it’s an everyday issue that we can all help tackle,”
He enlisted his younger brother for Rhythm of Waste, portraying a child’s eating habits over a series of mornings contributing to bags of garbage.
Rhythm of Waste was also awarded the People’s Choice Award
after receiving the most votes in a public poll before the awards night
on the competition’s facebook page.
The 3 to 5 minute category was won by director Fiona McGee for Supervalue,
uncovering the lifecycle of a packet of fish fingers, from the life of
the fish in the ocean to the leftovers thrown in the bin after a meal.
To see the winning films, visit www.lovefoodfilm.com/films "