Food waste has been in the news over the summer with positive developments such as the new legislation in France banning food waste from supermarkets. Now #foodwaste is trending on twitter due to a great segment by comedian John Oliver – it is like all our Christmases have come at once!
John Oliver delivered an informative and hilarious account of food waste in America on on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”.
“We throw out almost as much as we eat, wasting 40 percent of our food and $165 billion every year, that’s enough to fill 730 football stadiums.”
“Food waste is like the band Rascall Flatts,” Oliver said. “It can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage.”
“All that wasted food doesn’t go into stadiums, of course. It goes into dumps — where, as it decays, it pumps out methane gas, a greenhouse gas that’s 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat. When we dump food into a landfill, we’re essentially throwing a trash blanket over a flatulent food man and Dutch-ovening the entire planet,” Oliver said.
As Oliver points out, that food could’ve been used to feed the hungry instead of going into the bin. We definitely agree with this. The food may be wasted but it is not waste – it is surplus.
“If you’re thinking, ‘But hold on, John, what if I’m an a****** who couldn’t give a s*** about America’s hungry families or the long-term viability of life on earth?’ Well, first let me say, ‘Mr. Trump, thank you so much for taking the time to watch this show tonight. It’s lovely to have you with us.'”
But he also found a “selfish financial reason” to worry about food waste; the money wasted on shopping that never gets eaten.
Watch the episode here.