Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

W. W. Norton & Company, 26 okt. 2009 - 480 pagina's

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.

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Gebruikersrecensie  - Sovranty - LibraryThing

This book doesn't tell you what to eat or what not to eat. It simply says eat what you purchase. The amount of waste that is produced from production to consumer is immense. Ironically, due to the ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - LavendarBlue - LibraryThing

An enlightening way to think about food waste and the cost, not only to you but to the environment and mankind. It is a crime how much people waste and that they don't see the flow on effect of their wastefulness. (My poor family wont want me to return home with my newfangled ideas :-) Volledige review lezen


Selling the SellBy Mythology
Watching Your Wasteline
Some Environmental
Potatoes Have Eyes
The Scale of Waste
Food is for Eating
The Gleaners
Compost and Gas
Pigs and Us
Japan Taiwan
A Path to Utrophia

Offal isnt Awful
Waste in a Land
The Evolutionary Origins of Surplus
Adding It All Up and Asking

Overige edities - Alles weergeven

Veelvoorkomende woorden en zinsdelen

Over de auteur (2009)

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.

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