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Tristram Stuart graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 having won numerous academic prizes. Since then he has been a freelance writer for a number of Indian newspapers. The Bloodless Revolution is his first book. His new book, Waste- The True Cost of What the Global Food Industry Throws Away, reveals that modern Western countries waste more food than they consume, and that tackling this problem is one of the simplest ways of reducing pressure on the environment and on global food supplies.

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Adult/High School-Stuart looks at the amount of food countries currently waste, why it is happening, and how the world can reduce it. Although many of the author's examples and statistics come from the UK and Europe, he does try to bring in a global perspective whenever possible. He supplements the facts with his personal experiences as a "freegan" in the UK. The first section begins with the author's path to writing Waste before focusing on the consumer side of the problem, looking at how supermarkets and restaurants dispose of their waste, and how individuals buy more than they need and end up throwing away a large portion of it. The second section examines how produce, fish, and meat are wasted before they even reach supermarkets and restaurants. The third part looks at ways that we can reduce waste by providing examples of good practices in smaller countries and tips for improvement at all levels. The book contains a plethora of supporting material. It is well written and would appeal to anyone who has enjoyed the movie Food Inc. and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma (Penguin, 2007), and who is interested in looking at the other end of our food problem.-Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Stuart (The Bloodless Revolution) writes of the perilous illusion of abundance and how countries can reduce food waste by accurately examining how much they toss away due to poor storage or unused surplus-and why. European and American food manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers throw away between 30% and 50% of their food supply-enough to feed the world's hungry. Waste also occurs as a result of inadequate harvesting and farming techniques, prevalent in countries like Pakistan, where the author examines the need for better grain harvesting and land cultivation. Stuart's thoughtful illumination of the problem and his proposed solutions are bound to get even the most complacent citizen thinking about how slowly wilting vegetables might have a second life. Simply growing more food, Stuart argues, is not necessarily the answer. Agriculture takes up space and often results in deforestation. If rich countries could cut waste by treating food more carefully, while developing countries gained the equipment necessary to improve their output, he contends, a significant reduction in global food waste-and even global hunger-could be achieved. Stuart's brief is passionately argued and rigorously researched, and is an important contribution to the discussion of sustainability. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Compelling and thought-provoking, with the power to change a reader's daily habits, this book, first published in the United Kingdom, offers a simple thesis: wasting food wreaks environmental havoc and contributes to global hunger. To argue his point, historian/activist Stuart (The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism from 1600 to Modern Times) focuses primarily on the "food profligacy" of developed nations, exploring a range of topics from food manufacturing policies to the ethics of biofuel development. The case study of the waste produced by British supermarkets is particularly fascinating. Occasionally, the text feels imbalanced, with a lengthy chapter devoted to reintroducing the practice of swill feeding, while little attention is paid to proper food handling and storage. Verdict Stuart is an impassioned writer who pairs quirky personal anecdotes with alarming statistics to craft an irrefutable argument. Although some of Stuart's suggestions for addressing food waste are directed toward the general public, this work is most suitable for academic readers, who will appreciate his detailed research and extensive bibliography. Stuart's highly readable study may also appeal to well-informed general readers interested in food policy.-Kelsy Peterson, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Passionate, closely argued and guaranteed to make the most manic consumer peer guiltily into the recesses of their fridge.--John Preston

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