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Since the Great Depression and the world wars, the American attitude toward food has gone from a "use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without" patriotic and parsimonious duty to an orgy of "grab-and-go" where food's fetish and convenience qualities are valued above sustainability or nutrition. Journalist Bloom follows the trajectory of America's food from gathering to garbage bin in this compelling and finely reported study, examining why roughly half of our harvest ends up in landfills or rots in the field. He accounts for every source of food waste, from how it is picked, purchased, and tossed in fear of being past inscrutable "best by" dates. Bloom's most interesting point is psychological: we have trained ourselves to regard food as a symbol of American plenty that should be available at all seasons and times, and in dizzying quantities. "Current rates of waste and population growth can't coexist much longer," he warns and makes smart suggestions on becoming individually and collectively more food conscious "to keep our Earth and its inhabitants physically and morally healthy." (Nov.) (c)
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In one of the twenty-first century’s most appalling ironies, developed nations throw away massive amounts of food while people in remote lands starve. Journalist Bloom documents some specifics about the nature of wasted food in the twenty-first century and calls into question both the economic efficiency and the morality of such profligacy. He finds food crops lying rotting in fields owing to intentional social policy, economic vagaries, and sheer ignorance. In restaurants, portion sizes have ballooned under the mantras “Bigger is better” and “Would you like to supersize that?” And many Americans allow food to decay on refrigerator shelves out of carelessness, lack of meal planning, and sheer ignorance. Bloom has found some hopeful signs that this trend may be waning. Many grocery stores and restaurants dispose of surplus edibles through food pantries and similar charitable outlets. Some socially conscious farmers are trying to revive the ancient practice of allowing the poor to glean. --Mark KnoblauchSee all Editorial Reviews
Book came in great condition and is just an overall good book.Published 6 months ago by Johnna Davis
Tons of knowledge and changed my way of thinking about food. Great job. This book showed me a bunch of ways to reduce food waste.Published 14 months ago by Miladys Delgado
Bloom provides an in depth expose on food waste from farm to fork and why we should care. He is critical but not cynical, and has definite suggestions on how to go about fixing... Read morePublished 19 months ago by tarheelfanatic
I am only about halfway through this book, but so far it is really engaging and interesting. It gives a lot of information about food waste, but using real life anecdotes and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by alexander pearson
I had to buy this for school, but it is a must read! Great info on how to reduce food waste.Published 20 months ago by brin
Bloom's book brings us up to speed on the true cost of our disposable society. Counterintuitive realities compromise us all.Published 22 months ago by David Stipp-Bethune
Far inferior to Tristram Stuart's "Waste". Primarily useful for revealing some specifically American geography of wastefulness. Plenty of interesting anecdotes of dubious veracity. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alexander Tarnas