What Tom Vanderbilt did for traffic and Brian Wansink did for mindless eating, Jonathan Bloom does for food waste. The topic couldn’t be timelier: As more people are going hungry while simultaneously more people are morbidly obese, American Wasteland sheds light on the history, culture, and mindset of waste while exploring the parallel eco-friendly and sustainable-food movements.
As the era of unprecedented prosperity comes to an end, it’s time to reexamine our culture of excess. Working at both a local grocery store and a major fast-food chain and volunteering with a food recovery group, Bloom also interviews experts — from Brian Wansink to Alice Waters to Nobel Prize–winning economist Amartya Sen — and digs up not only why and how we waste, but, more importantly, what we can do to change our ways.
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