Landfull is a book (in the midst of production) about food waste. With around 40% of the produce grown left rotting in fields or thrown into bins, this topic is becoming one of the most pressing issues of our time. Although the problem is appearing more and more in public and political agenda, the projects driving positive change are rarely appreciated in their mass. This publication focuses not only on the systematic causes and devastating impacts of food waste, but the sheer abundance of people dedicating their lives to putting a stop to it.
A journey through the supply chain takes the reader on a detailed discovery of how our bruised and broken food system fails us at each and every step – causing the overproduction, loss and wastage of criminal levels of perfectly good produce. Though the book shines light on International activity, it uses the UK as a clear example of a region hungry for change. From individual dumpster divers to Government level campaigning, Landfull showcases initiatives that are actively tackling the issue across the country, taking a behind-the-scenes peek into the loud and lively food waste movement at an extremely vital time.
The book additionally discusses contemporary ideas, critical arguments and possible solutions to the global food waste scandal. Despite the countless notable causes of waste, both commercially and domestically, I believe that our sense of disconnection is at the very root of the problem. The book will advocate the slow, complex but essential move towards alternative, localised food systems – ideas and practices that are certainly simmering away but that aren’t always included in the discourse around food waste. In my opinion, the only way to stop mindlessly throwing food away is to remember it’s value; if we truly respect something, it’s much more difficult to throw it away! In a global age of separation and distraction, we need to work extra hard to bridge the gaps between humans, other animals, food and land. If we can individually and collectively reconnect to what’s on our plates, I predict the automatic result will be much less food heading to landfill.
Waving in seriousness, Landfull is a mixture of formal and fun. With tips, tricks and recipes submitted by various food waste activists, the book will be useful in the kitchen too. Whether framed as a comprehensive narrative, a UK directory, a waste-warriors cookbook or an archive of resistance, the book is essentially a tool for reconnection. By celebrating both food and the abundance of people standing up in the face of a global tragedy, Landfull captures the energy of many and fuses it all together in a vision of a less wasteful future.