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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
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What Tom Vanderbilt did for traffic and Brian Wansink did for mindless eating, Jonathan Bloom does for food waste. The topic couldnt 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, its 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 Prizewinning economist Amartya Sen—and digs up not only why and how we waste, but, more importantly, what we can do to change our ways.
Now in paperback, an eye-opening account of our culture of excess, the resulting waste, and its impact—a timely, terrific new book.”—Huffington Post
The Traffic and Affluenza of food waste: an eye-opening account of our culture of excess and waste—and what we can do to change it
Grocery prices and the forsaken foods at the back of your fridge seem to increase weekly. After reading <b><I>American Wasteland</b></I>, you will never look at your shopping list, refrigerator, plate, or wallet the same way again. Jonathan Bloom wades into the garbage heap to unearth what our squandered food says about us, why it matters, and how you can make a difference starting in your own kitchen—reducing waste and saving money. Interviews with experts such as chef Alice Waters and food psychologist Brian Wansink, among others, uncover not only how and why we waste, but, most importantly, what we can do about it.
About the Author
Jonathan Bloom is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe. He lives with his wife and son in Durham, North Carolina. Visit: WastedFood.com
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