94: Tristram Stuart on Food Waste, A Global Scandal
Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner, and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food production. His books, The Bloodless Revolution (2006) and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009), have been described as “a genuinely revelatory contribution to this history of human ideas” (Daily Telegraph) and his TED talk has been watched over a million times.
The environmental campaigning organisation he founded, Feedback, has spread its work into dozens of countries worldwide, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, non-governmental organisations, grassroots organisations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food. Its campaigns and events include Feeding the 5000, a free public feast using food that would otherwise be wasted; the Pig Idea, which seeks to change laws that restrict food waste being used to feed pigs; and, the Gleaning Network of volunteers that harvest surplus produce that would be left to rot and redistributes to UK charities.
Tristram was also the winner of the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize, in 2011. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
This is a powerful episode – be prepared for some life changing information.
Did you know that a third of the world’s food supply is wasted? That’s 1.3 billion tons of food annually! Get more shocking food waste facts here.
Tristram has written two books:
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism: From 1600 to Modern Times
His favorite author: Jared Diamond (try Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition)
Check out his TED Talk:
Where can you find Tristram?