Monday, 21 January 2013

Tristram Stuart - The global food waste scandal


Living sustainably is not just about consuming more wisely but actively reducing the amount waste you discard! According to Tristram Stuart, environmentalist and author of 'Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal', 'western countries waste up to half of their food'!



Tristram Stuart is a Brit with more than just a few things to say and dare I say they are important things!

He is the author of 'The Bloodless Revolution' (2006), ‘a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas’ [cite] and more recently 'Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal' (2009).


He has become a renowned campaigner, with a less-talked-about yet extremely important message.

“We, the people, do have the power to stop [the] tragic waste of resources if we regard it as socially unacceptable to waste food.” [cite]

Winner of the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize 2011. Tristram has also founded 'Feeding the 5000' with its flagship event of a global food waste campaign is feeding 5000 members of the public using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. Tristram and his team have been busy launching replica events and campaigns internationally; recently commissioned to work globally in partnership with the European Commission and the United Nation Environment Program.

All this hard work is to tackle the global food waste scandal. 


Some alarming statistics for everyone.

  • The irrigation water used globally to grow food that is wasted would be enough for the domestic needs (at 200 litres per person per day) of 9 billion people - the number expected on the planet by 2050.
  • 10% of rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten.
  • UK Households waste 25% of all the food they buy.
  • 2.3 million tonnes of fish discarded in the North Atlantic and the North Sea each year; 40 to 60% of all fish caught in Europe are discarded – either because they are the wrong size, species, or because of the ill-governed European quota system.
  • An estimated 20 to 40% of UK fruit and vegetables rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because they do not match the supermarkets' excessively strict cosmetic standards. 
  • 24 to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin. 
Sourced from feed5k.org

Tristram gave a talk at TEDSalon in London, September 2012 . Discussing the findings in his book.


Sourced from ted.com