John Oliver Slams America For The Amount Of Food We Waste
He's pretty angry. We should all be that angry.
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver showed some serious concern over our country's food-waste problem. He said that Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food every year.
“Food waste is like the band Rascal Flatts: it can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage," he said. More than 700 football stadiums a year.
Chew on this: he said up to 40% of all food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten, even while nearly 50 million households across the country experience food insecurity.
This trash usually goes to landfills, where it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
So, when we throw out our food, Oliver explained, "we’re essentially throwing a trash blanket over a flatulent food man and Dutch-ovening the entire planet."
Yikes. Even if you think you're being responsible by separating recycling from trash, there's probably a whole lot more you can do to help. So watch this important clip, and then decide whether or not you can do something with that misshapen potato in your fridge. (Hint: You probably can.)
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