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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: PEST BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE Title: Book Review, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

Author
item Hesler, Louis

Submitted to: International Journal of Food, Agriculture, and the Environment
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: May 3, 2010
Publication Date: May 3, 2010
Citation: Hesler, L.S. 2010. Book Review: Waste, Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. Journal of Food, Agriculture, and the Environment. 8(2):1227-1228.

Interpretive Summary: Could curbing food waste significantly reduce world hunger and environmental pressures? Tristram Stuart argues cogently that it could in his book Waste, which details the global food-waste scandal and delves into questions such as how much food is available globally? How much is needed and used, and how much is wasted? The book repeatedly acknowledges need for more systematic quantification of food waste, and it urges supermarkets, suppliers, governments, watchdog groups, and researchers to develop better systems for accurately recording food waste. Waste will inform scientists of the scale of food waste and its impact globally. Scientists will also identify ample research opportunities to accurately document food waste and to devise strategies for curbing it.

Technical Abstract: Could curbing food waste significantly reduce world hunger and environmental pressures? Tristram Stuart argues cogently that it could in his book Waste, which details the global food-waste scandal and delves into questions such as how much food is available globally? How much is needed and used, and how much is wasted? The book repeatedly acknowledges need for more systematic quantification of food waste, and it urges supermarkets, suppliers, governments, watchdog groups, and researchers to develop better systems for accurately recording food waste. Waste will inform scientists of the scale of food waste and its impact globally. Scientists will also identify ample research opportunities to accurately document food waste and to devise strategies for curbing it.

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