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American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do about It)by Jonathan Bloom
Synopses & Reviews
What Tom Vanderbilt did for traffic and Brian Wansink did for mindless eating, Jonathan Bloom does for food waste. The topic couldn’t be timelier: As more people are going hungry while simultaneously more people are morbidly obese, American Wasteland sheds light on the history, culture, and mindset of waste while exploring the parallel eco-friendly and sustainable-food movements. As the era of unprecedented prosperity comes to an end, it’s time to reexamine our culture of excess.
Working at both a local grocery store and a major fast food chain and volunteering with a food recovery group, Bloom also interviews experts—from Brian Wansink to Alice Waters to Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen—and digs up not only why and how we waste, but, more importantly, what we can do to change our ways.
In a book based on real-life experience at a local grocery store, a fast-food chain and a food-recovery group--as well as interviews with Brian Wansink, Alice Waters and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen--the author explains the history, culture and mindset of waste and explores how it can be prevented through eco-friendly and sustainable food.
About the Author
\Jonathan Bloom is a freelance journalist and food waste expert who writes the blog Wasted Food. An accomplished eater and fledgling composter, he has covered both serious and quirky topics related to food and the environment. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Variety, among others. A Boston native, he lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his family, and many, many containers for leftovers.
Table of Contents
Waste from farm to fork — Does food waste really matter? Why you should care — The disgrace of plenty : the coexistence of hunger and food waste — A culture of waste : our fall from thrift and our imminent return — American farms : growing waste, selling perfection — Waste on the menu — A cold case of waste — Home is where the waste is — The obstacles and art of food recovery — From traylessness to demand tracking : ideas and innovations to reduce food waste — Great, Britain! A kingdom united in hating waste — If I were the king of the forest : big changes.
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