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Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by [Stuart, Tristram]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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jaw-dropping ... compelling - a must-read ... Stuart has an unanswerable case --Sunday Times

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Tristram Stuart lifts the lid on the obscene levels of produce ending up in landfill ... read it and weep

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34943 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9VY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is such a mind-blowing book that everyone should be forced to read it and it should be part of the schools' curriculum.

The numbers alone suggest we grow and/or import stuff just to bin it; one billion tomatoes, nearly two billion bananas and how about nearly half a billion unopened yoghurt tubs. These are just a few of the statistics which pretty much amounts to £400 or more per year per household.

But this is certainly not just a list; the author informs how we can try to alleviate the problem. My own household has an almost empty wheelie bin, we compost everything and rarely discard newspapers but not everyone can do this. Lack of space is one reason and yet this problem, too, can be overcome.

However, rules and regulations stacked against manufacturers is a major part of the problem, too. The pages of who throws what away and why leaves this reader with the dreadful statistic that North America and Europe throw away enough to feed the world's undernourished several times over. Staggering.

It's a must read book of nearly 500 pages but don't be put off by a school-teacher approach that we must all eat our bread crusts; mine go to help feed the birds.
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This book points the finger in the right direction. There is plenty of food. Farmers have no problem to grow plenty but do have a problem to get a proper price because there is an oversupply.Food has never been cheaper in history than it is nowadays.
Due to oversupply and high outer quality standards, there is a lot of outgrade for second and third class and there is no appreciation for what we harvest, so we throw a lot away.
Just all this waste can feed us.To be aware what is really going on in food supply and where there is a solution, read this one.
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I found this book very absorbing and read it from cover to cover in a couple of days.

Tristram Stuart's style of writing is easily read and yet at the same time remains academic and factual. The facts are well cross referenced and where Stuart makes estimations, he clear that these are just such and explains how he has arrived at these.

The amount we as a society waste is certainly staggering. What makes the situation worse is that the fact that it has become harder and harder to use food waste to feed livestock such as pigs and chickens. As a consequence, not only does the calorific value of waste food get lost, we have to grow more food from scratch (such soya by cuttng down rain forest) to feed live stock in order to satisfy the every increasing demand in the world for meat.

Interestingly, this book is on my son's university course's suggested reading list, so it must carry some weight in the academic world too.
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Having been brought up in an environment in which waste was never acceptable (we were at war with Germany) I find it totally abhorrent that not only do supermarkets and shops consider it to be satisfactory to deal in excessive quantities in order to maximise profit but more so is the shocking waste created by consumers, when thousands in the world and especially children and babies and dying for thr want of the simplest of food.
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This is an excellent and important book. I would be very glad if a summary were prepared and widely distributed. I fear that many who need the information will not read this book. Attention spans are generally not what they once were.
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We waste far too much food, that much is obvious. How we are encouraged to consume far more than what is sustainable is the issue. An interesting read for those with an environmentally concious leaning.
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This a great read for anyone who eats. It is a well written story of food getting from the field to your mouth, with unbelievable stories of food waste by major shops around the capital and people around the country trying to do their bit to stop it. I would recommend the book to anyone and hopefully it will change their buying habits.
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Real answers are what this book contains. Everyday I am sickened by the food waste I see all around me and now this book has explained to me the impact that this waste has all over the world.

The information about swill feeding to pigs was an enlightenment to me and another bit of the puzzle to understanding the effects of feeding all this grain to our animals.

Like other reviewers have said, this is essential reading for anyone that eats food (or food products)!

Very highly recommended!!!
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