We waste food and our waste is affecting the environment. 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 the entire world’s hungry at least three times over – destroying forests and releasing unnecessary greenhouse gases. The social and environmental problems of human waste mean that poor sanitation kills more children than HIV or malaria. Tristram Stuart, author of Waste, discusses these issues with Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, who looks at the social and environmental problems of human waste. Both show how we can turn waste to the advantage of a better environment. Chaired by Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City.
Rose George is a freelance writer and journalist whose first book, A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World, was long-listed for the Ulysses Reportage Prize. She contributes regularly to the London Review of Books, Guardian, Independent and others. She has reported on Saddam Hussein’s birthday party, Afghan beauty salons and the alternative world cup final between Bhutan and Montserrat.
Tristram Stuart has been a freelance writer for Indian newspapers, a project manager in Kosovo and a prominent critic of the food industry. He has made regular contributions to television documentaries, radio and newspaper debates on the social and environmental aspects of food. His first book, on the history of vegetarianism, The Bloodless Revolution, “a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (Daily Telegraph), was published in 2006. He lives in the UK.
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