Its estimated that by 2050, world demand for food will increase by 70%. Thats huge. And what are we going to do about it? The potential effects on the developing world, those living in poverty, women are dramatic.
In the 1980s, fear propelled by Malthusian thought brought about global initiatives into market forces and food security, especially for those living below the poverty line. And that was great. But we’ve become complacent and these issues need to be addressed once more. And its not just the lack of cultivatable land left across the globe now, or water shortages, its about the micronutrients we all need to survive, take for granted in developed countries and should be readily and easily available to those in impoverished communities.
So thats a pretty scary prospect right now, hey? Yet Professor Chris Barratt, in his Sydney Ideas talk on global food security, was positive about meeting these demands in the near future, as long as we have a radical shift in the way we, as individuals, corporations and governments handle the situation. It’ll be interesting to guage the general concensus in the One Just World forum.
Totes late on the bandwagon for this one I reckon, but heaps neat site allowing you to create triggers, tasks and ‘recipes’ (haven’t quite got my head around that bit yet) to connect all your social media. Great!
Held at UTS on 1-2 June & 7-8June, the China Research Centre is showing a number of independent documentary films surfacing from the People’s Republic of China in the last 5 or so years.
The films will give an insight into contemporary film practice within China, as well as invite discussion about Chinese urban, rural and social affairs today.
Post-film discussion will be led by Mr Li Xin (Lecturer in Media Arts at the Yunnan Arts Institute), and Dr Luke Robinson (Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Nottingham; author of the forthcoming monograph: Independent Chinese Documentary: From the Studio to the Street, to be published by Palgrave).
My “Remaking Chinese Society” lecturer, Dr Eileen Walsh has alerted me to these events: I reckon its worth a look in, to gain an idea and understanding of some of the issues relevant to China today.
Starting today in Sydney, the HRAFF is touring the big Australian cities until 16 June. You’ve only got until Friday to catch it in Sydney though, so jump on it quick.
I’m going to Our School: 7pm Wednesday 30 May, Chauvel Cinema. It follows the path of young Roma gypsies in the 5 years following an EU initiative to provide integrated education within Romania. If anyone fancies joining me, holla. Conc tickets are only $13.
During the week, I decided I wanted to start a blog. At the time, I was probably procrastinating, as well as talking to a friend about recording memory and diaries and such. So here goes!
Those who know me, I’m a big sharer of stuff. Anything I’ve glimpsed, seen, heard, been to, read, I want everyone around to experience it too. And I can talk a lot right. So instead of boring people in conversation and discussing something not really relevant to the situation, or spamming everyone on facebook, this is going to be my new outlet for getting my voice out there. And maybe someone will read it. Hey even if they don’t, at least I feel I’ve tried to give something back to the community!
Yet the main reason for blogging is for myself. Selfish huh? Not so much. It’ll be like a scrapbook of all my thoughts, and I may even try stick stuff to the screen of my laptop. But in our generation where so much content we experience is via the big wide web, having a diary of thoughts just isn’t good enough - you can’t tack a video in there! And I’d love to have a record of my thoughts and experiences to look back upon in future: “Oh, did I really meet that person at that event?” or “Far out, it was October 2010 that I saw that video?” or “Yes, thats the book I was thinking of.”
However, I’m not a writer. And I’m not overly wise.
Don’t expect me to solve world problems, but I’ll sure give it a go along the way.