Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Creative way to explore food issues systemically

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 said.

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 "

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