One-third of the world's food is wasted from plow to plate. Author, campaigner, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tristram Stuart is on a mission to eliminate food waste through innovative grassroots campaigns and initiatives.
Author and campaigner Tristram Stuart is a renowned activist waging a worldwide war against food waste. One-third of the world's food is wasted from plow to plate. The planet's one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. Irrigation used to grow food that is thrown away could meet the domestic water needs of nine billion people. The scale of food waste was largely unexposed and unaddressed until Stuart's book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal was published, and his grassroots initiatives lifted the topic to priority status worldwide. In 2009, he launched Feeding the 5000 in London. This free public feast of food that would otherwise be wasted has been replicated around the world. His "Pig Idea" campaign seeks to change laws that restrict using food waste to feed pigs. He also has successfully campaigned for U.K. retailers to relax strict cosmetic standards for fruit and vegetables, and his Gleaning Network initiative sends thousands of volunteers into fields to harvest surplus produce that would otherwise rot. The food is then given to U.K. charities that distribute it to the hungry.