- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (2 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141036346
- ISBN-13: 978-0141036342
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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jaw-dropping ... compelling - a must-read ... Stuart has an unanswerable case --Sunday Times
About the Author
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 newspaper debates on the social and environmental aspects of food. His first book, The Bloodless Revolution, 'a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas' (Daily Telegraph), was published in 2006. He lives in the UK.
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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.
It is probably 10 years or more since I have allowed any food waste from my home to go to landfill. But reading 'Waste'has made me consider even the small amount of food that I waste (in the form of composting it) and I have found many ways to cut this down significantly. There's the added advantage, of course, of making significant money savings - much needed in this current climate of austerity, which maybe will end up doing us all some good.
Of course it is a global problem, but with the heightened sense of awareness from reading this book I firmly believe we can all do our bit to rethink our attitudes to waste. There is still so much room for improvement. Read this book and you will (I hope) find yourself compelled, like I did, to change and to demand change around you.
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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