WATCH: John Oliver Shames America for Excessive Food Waste
John Oliver wants you to stop wasting so much food. The late-night TV host of Last Week Tonight took time on his program last night to shame Americans for wasting so much food.
“Food waste is like the band Rascal Flatts: it can fill a surprising number of stadiums even though most people consider it complete garbage,” quipped Oliver during the segment. “At a time when the landscape of California is shriveling up like a pumpkin in front of a house with a lazy dad, it seems especially unwise that farmers are pumping water into food that ends up being used as a garnish for landfills.”
He speaks the truth. According to the USDA, Americans waste more than one-third of the food that we produce, and the average American family wastes $1,365 to $2,275 of food annually. However, most of us are in denial. A recent study from Johns Hopkins shows that one-third of Americans believe that they don’t throw away any food, or waste very little.
Oliver ended his rant with a call to action: “We all have to address our relationship with food waste.”
Watch the clip below.