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Tristram Stuart

Tristram Stuart

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Author and expert on the social impacts of food

Entrepreneur and practitioner on environmental best practice

UN Champion to halve food waste by 2030

“Tristram hit just the right note, delivering an informative talk which challenged and led to a constructive and interesting debate after which was much enjoyed by all”

Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food.   He has published two books, ‘Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal’ and ‘The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to the present’ .  The Times described his work as “a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” – the books have been translated into several languages. His 2012 TED talk has been watched nearly 2 million times.

Tristram started campaigning on food waste as a lone voice in 2002. He has been a principal leader in building the global movement that has mobilised hundreds of organisations, millions of individuals, achieved mass behaviour change, obtained commitments from the world’s biggest food companies and governments, and a Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) to halve food waste by 2030. Tristram is an official UN Champion of this key Global Goal.

The environmental organisation he founded, Feedback, has played a pivotal role in catalysing and leading the global food waste movement. Feedback has driven changes in supermarket policies and international legislation and consistently punches way above its weight at the highest level globally.

In 2016, he founded Toast Ale which upcycles unsold fresh bread into award-winning craft beer. After 3 years of operations, Toast brewed up 1 million slices of surplus bakery bread into delicious, refreshing beer. Toast is brewing in 6 countries. 100% of its distributable profits go to Feedback and other aligned charities worldwide. Its unique impact investment structure, called “Equity for Good”, pledges investors to reinvest any capital gains into planet-saving organisations (for profit or not-for-profit).

Tristram won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

 

With shortages, volatile prices and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a food problem – or thinks it does. Farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers in North America and Europe discard up to half of their food– enough to feed all the world’s hungry at least three times over. Forests are destroyed and nearly one tenth of the West’s greenhouse gas emissions are released growing food that will never be eaten. While affluent nations throw away food through neglect, in the developing world crops rot because farmers lack the means to process, store and transport them to market. But there could be surprisingly painless remedies for what has become one of the world’s most pressing environmental and social problems. Travelling from Yorkshire to China, from Pakistan to Japan, and introducing us to foraging pigs, potato farmers, freegans and food industry directors, Stuart encounters grotesque examples of profligacy, but also inspiring innovations and ways of making the most of what we have. Combining front-line investigation with startling new data, Waste shows how the way we live now has created a global food crisis– and what we can do to fix it.

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