Waste by Tristram Stuart
Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

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The true cost of what the global food industry throws away.

With shortages, volatile prices and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a food problem—or thinks it does. Farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers in North America and Europe discard up to half of their food—enough to feed all the world's hungry at least three times over. Forests are destroyed and nearly one tenth of the West's greenhouse gas emissions are released growing food that will never be eaten. While affluent nations throw away food through neglect, in the developing world crops rot because farmers lack the means to process, store and transport them to market.

But there could be surprisingly painless remedies for what has become one of the world's most pressing environmental and social problems. Waste traces the problem around the globe from the top to the bottom of the food production chain. Stuart’s journey takes him from the streets of New York to China, Pakistan and Japan and back to his home in England. Introducing us to foraging pigs, potato farmers and food industry CEOs, Stuart encounters grotesque examples of profligacy, but also inspiring innovations and ways of making the most of what we have. The journey is a personal one, as Stuart is a dedicated freegan, who has chosen to live off of discarded or self-produced food in order to highlight the global food waste scandal.

Combining front-line investigation with startling new data, Waste shows how the way we live now has created a global food crisis—and what we can do to fix it.

About Tristram Stuart

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Tristram Stuart has been a freelance writer for Indian newspapers, a project manager in Kosovo and a prominent critic of the food industry. He has made regular contributions to television documentaries, radio and newspapers on the social and environmental aspects of food. His first book, The Bloodless Revolution-'magnificently detailed and wide-ranging' (New Yorker)-was published in 2007, and Waste in 2009. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in England, where he rears pigs, chickens and bees.
Published October 26, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 480 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Tristam Stuart’s exceptional book describes the hideous problem of food waste.

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The Telegraph

While most of them proudly insist they give surplus food to charity, the reality – according to Stuart – is that most of it goes straight into landfill sites.

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Around four million people living on our own doorstep in Britain are unable to access a nutritious diet, but UK retailers waste an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of food annually, and a further 5.8 million tonnes is frittered away by the food manufacturing industry.

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IT MIGHT HAVE SEEMED THE perfect initiative for a dour Prime Minister: last July Gordon Brown supported a call by the Government's Waste and Resources Action Programme to reduce the amount of food we throw away.

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