Tristram Stuart

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Tristram Stuart
Stuart in 2016
Tristram James Avondale Stuart

(1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 46)[1]
London, England
EducationSevenoaks School
Alma materTrinity Hall, Cambridge
Occupation(s)Author, activist
Known forFeeding the 5000 (London, 2009), founder of the charity Feedback (2013), founder of Toast Ale (2016)

Tristram James Avondale Stuart (born 12 March 1977) is an English author and campaigner.[2][3]

Family and education[edit]

Born to Simon Walter Erskine Stuart (1930−2002) and Deborah Jane Mounsey, Stuart is the grandson of Arthur Stuart, 7th Earl Castle Stewart.[4] He was educated at Sevenoaks School before going up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge to read English.[5]


In 2011 Tristram Stuart won the international environmental Sophie Prize and the "Observer Food Monthly Outstanding Contribution Award" for his ongoing campaign to solve the global food waste scandal.[6] At the University of Cambridge Stuart won the Betha Wolferstan Rylands prize and the Graham Storey prize; his directors of studies were Peter Holland and John Lennard.[2] He is the author of The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India (Harper Collins Ltd, 2006) published in the United States as The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism From 1600 to Modern Times (W.W. Norton, 2007). His second book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009; W.W. Norton, 2009) has been translated into several languages and won the IACP Cookbook Award for Literary Food Writing.[7][8] He is a regular contributor to newspapers, and radio [including a short programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2012 titled: 'How to waste less food'][9] and television programs in the UK, US and Europe on the subject of food, the environment and freeganism.[10]

He lives in England and in December 2009 launched a food waste campaign by organising "Feeding the 5000" in London's Trafalgar Square in which 5,000 people were served free curry, smoothies and fresh groceries from cast off vegetables and other food that otherwise would have been wasted to raise awareness for reducing food waste.[11][12] This was similar to Food Not Bombs and other campaigns. He founded the charity Feedback which has replicated the Feeding the 5000 campaign and event model in several countries and has now been commissioned by the European Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to spread the campaign globally. Other campaigns by Feedback include The Pig Idea and the Gleaning Network.

Stuart spoke at the We are fed up!-demonstrations in January 2014 in Berlin.[13]

In 2016 he started "Toast Ale", a company that makes ale from surplus bread.[14][15] Stuart stated: "We hope to eventually put ourselves out of business.The day there's no waste bread is the day Toast ale can no longer exist."[16]


  • The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism From 1600 to Modern Times. Norton. 2006. ISBN 978-0-393-05220-6.
  • Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. Penguin. 2009. ISBN 978-0-14-103634-2.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Person Page".
  2. ^ a b "Lunch with the FT: Tristram Stuart". Financial Times. 23 December 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  3. ^ Society, National Geographic. "Learn more about Tristram Stuart". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  4. ^ Morris, Susan; Bosberry-Scott, Wendy; Belfield, Gervase, eds. (2019). "Castle Stewart". Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage. Vol. 1 (150th ed.). London: Debrett's Ltd. pp. 818–822. ISBN 978-1-999767-0-5-1.
  5. ^ Quinn2016-09-08T14:54:00+01:00, Ian. "Tristram Stuart, the original waste wonk". The Grocer. Retrieved 24 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Carpenter, Louise (15 October 2011). "Observer Food Monthly Awards 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award: Tristram Stuart". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  7. ^ Fiona Harvey (18 July 2009). "Waste". Financial Times. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  8. ^ "The scandal of food waste". Financial Times. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  9. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme, How to waste less food". BBC. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  10. ^ "First Person: 'I get my food from supermarket bins'". The Independent. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  11. ^ Clarke, Roger (11 December 2009). "5,000 for Lunch".
  12. ^ "How we met: Thomasina Miers & Tristram Stuart". The Independent. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  13. ^ Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery – review, Tristram Stuart, The Guardian, 31 January 2014
  14. ^ Adele Peters (4 May 2017). "This Beer Is Made With Leftover Bread Because Drinking Is Way Better Than Wasting Food". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  15. ^ Jenna Gallegos (18 August 2017). "From beer to bread and back again to solve 'the world's dumbest problem'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  16. ^ correspondent, Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs (22 January 2016). "Raise a Toast and help tackle the problem of food waste". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 September 2019.

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