WITH SHORTAGES, RAPIDLY RISING PRICES AND 100 MILLION PEOPLE STARVING, THE WORLD HAS A FOOD - PROBLEM - OR IT THINKS IT DOES.
In North America and Europe, farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers discard between 30 and 50 per cent of their fresh produce – enough to feed the world's starving six times over. And 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 the people who need them.
Waste is both a personal journey over the global food waste mountain and a front-line investigation into one of the world's most urgent environmental and social problems. Travelling from Yorkshire to western China, Pakistan to Japan, Tristram Stuart encounters grotesque examples of profligacy, but also inspiring innovations and many reasons to be optimistic. Unlike many of the world's major challenges, tackling the global food waste scandal is something he shows we could do relatively easily, and without much sacrifice.
The result of fifteen years of campaigning, and combining analysis, startling new data and firsthand reporting, Waste is essential reading for anyone keen to understand how the way we live now has made a global food crisis – and how we can fix it.