WATCH: John Oliver Shames America for Excessive Food Waste

Late-night host John Oliver slammed Americans for wasting food: “We all have to address our relationship with food waste”

It’s time to stop tossing your leftovers and start listening to reason.

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.