Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat, with the help of reports and video from PBS, ABC News, MSNBC, etc.
As much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten, Oliver said, throwing to an ABC News clip in which Diane Sawyer said Americans throw away enough food every year to fill 730 stadiums.
“Food waste is like the band Rascal Flatts. It can fill a surprising number of stadiums, even though many people consider it complete garbage,” Oliver added, picking up where Sawyer left off.
Much of the uneaten food winds up in landfills, which creates its own problems, Oliver continued.
“We’re wasting labor and natural resources that went into making it. And, 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 a garnish for landfills.”
“If you’re thinking, ‘What If I’m an asshole who couldn’t give a shit about America’s hungry families or the long-term viability of the life on earth’, let me say,’Mr. Trump, thank you so much for watching the show tonight – it’s lovely to have you with us!’…Don’t worry, there is a selfish financial reason for you to care about this story too.”
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