The eerie truth is that 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!
This is only one of the very heart rending and chilling facts in a book called Waste Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart.
When there is a book sale at the British Library I usually rush there to pick up some nice chillers and thrillers and maybe some gardening books and those utterly useless self help books! But this time Waste lay under my eyes and slunk into my handbag and kept me reading unbelievably.
The photographs the writer shows us are unbearable: mounds of fruits, bread, buns, vegetables, every possible thing, that was perfectly edible and was thrown away for the weirdest reasons!
This book reminds us all over again to shop less, use up what we have bought, or give it to those who would love to have it, when it is still fresh! Thousands of imperfect bananas lie in a drainage ditch, dumped by United Fruit, Costa Rica. Marks & Spencer requires their sandwich supplier, to discard 4 slices from each loaf, the crust and the first slice at either end, amounting to 13,000 slices of fresh bread every day from a single factory!
There are more horrifying stories of food flung away, discarded, thrown away, trashed and wasted!
The book is one we all must read so we never waste a single crumb of food ever again.