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Children's Nonfiction Cooking & Food

Good Food, Bad Waste

Let's Eat for the Planet

by (author) Erin Silver

illustrated by Suharu Ogawa

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Cooking & Food, Diet & Nutrition, Recycling & Green Living, Environmental Conservation & Protection
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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A deep dive into why humans waste so much food and the consequences for people and the planet

Around the world, a billion tons of food gets thrown away every year, even when hundreds of millions of people suffer from hunger. A lot of what we don't eat ends up rotting in landfills which contributes to global warming. The good news is that many governments, communities and individuals are working hard to tackle this giant problem. You can be part of the solution, starting in your own home—and working together, we can decrease our overall waste and make sure all people have food security. Plus, by reducing food waste, we can also fight climate change!

With inspiring profiles of food-waste activists and tasty tidbits on things like best-before dates, Good Food, Bad Waste offers much food for thought.

About the authors

Erin Silver is a children’s author and freelance writer with 20 years of professional industry experience. Her books include Just Watch Me, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 and Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History. Erin's work has appeared in everything from Good Housekeeping to the Globe and Mail, among others. She has a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto. Erin lives with her family in Toronto.


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Suharu Ogawa is a Toronto-based illustrator. Her love for drawing started in a kindergarten art school after being kicked out of calligraphy class for refusing to convert to right-handedness. Formally trained in art history and cultural anthropology, she worked for several years as a university librarian until her passion for illustration called her out of that career and into the pursuit of a lifelong dream. Since then, Suharu has created illustrations for magazines, public art projects and children's books, including Why Humans Work: How Jobs Shape Our Lives and Our World in the Orca Think line. She also teaches illustration at OCAD University in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

“Ideas presented offer an exciting potential source for research and personal activism…A highly readable book with a topic that hits close to many homes. Highly Recommended.”

School Library Connection

“With a hopeful message that even small changes by individuals or groups can make a huge difference, this book is excellent for independent or curriculum-related reading.”

Canadian Children’s Book News

“A thorough, upbeat look at the problem of food waste proposing some individual responses.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Educational, insightful and eye-opening, Good Food, Bad Waste fosters awareness of a huge problem and encourages thoughtful solutions. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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