"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Friday, February 15, 2008

You Are What You Eat

RMR sends this along in email. It's not clear who did the obviously extensive work for this project; it appears on several websites. So far I haven't found a proper attribution.

Here's a typical posting of this genre. It shows the weekly food acquisitions of families in several countries.

Update: Aha! Found it myself, you prawns. It's from Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, a follow-up to Menzel's Material World.

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