Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. His style of engagement is deeply human, positive and energising. He has the ability to convey ideas in ways that inspire people to follow them.
His books, The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to the present (2006) and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009), have been described as “a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and have been translated into several languages. His TED talk (2012) has been watched over 1.5 million times.
Tristram started publicly campaigning on food waste as a lone pioneer in 2002. He has been a principal protagonist in building the global movement that has mobilised hundreds of organisations, millions of individuals, achieved mass behaviour change, obtained commitments from the world’s biggest food companies and governments, and a Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) to halve food waste by 2030. Tristram is an official UN Champion of this Global Goal.
The environmental organisation he founded in 2009, Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org), plays a pivotal role in catalysing and leading the global food waste movement. It advocates for a better food system; one that is circular, low-input and stable. Feedback has driven changes in supermarket policies and international legislation and consistently punches way above its weight at the highest level globally. Its campaigns and events include Feeding the 5000, the Pig Idea and the Gleaning Network (UK/EU).
In 2016, Tristram founded Toast Ale (www.toastale.com) which upcycles unsold fresh bread into award-winning craft beer. After just 2 years of operations, Toast is brewing in 6 countries. 100% of its distributable profits go to Feedback and other aligned charities worldwide. It recently closed its first round of investment, raising over £1.3m within a unique impact investment structure Tristram devised called “Equity for Good” which allows investors to realize capital gains, but pledges them to use these for further positive impact investment and/or donations.
Tristram won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.