Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Tristram Stuart

Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
W.W. Norton Company, New York, NY 2009

42 sandwiches, 11 cheese twists, 10 croissants, 1 chocolate cake, 86 rolls and 4 pints of milk. This isn't a party shopping list, it's a mere fraction of the contents found in a village co-op store garbage bin. In Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, food industry critic Tristram Stuart passionately argues that the world doesn't have a food problem; it just thinks it does. Stuart travels the world tracing an appalling massive amount of edible food waste. Europe and North America throw away up to half their food, enough to feed the world's hungry three times over. The waste is enormous, but Stuarts sees hope in common sense fixes, such as replacing supermarket "sell by" dates with "use before" dates and retrieving tons of imperfectly shaped produce from trash heaps. A dedicated freegan, Stuart personally highlights the magnitude of the waste scandal by living off self-produced or discarded food. — Gail Lord