Food For Thought: John Oliver Calls Americans Out For Wasting Food
Usually food is my favorite topic of discussion, but not this time.
On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver scolded America for the amount of perfectly edible food it wastes, especially for a country in which plenty of families can barely afford to feed themselves. Americans waste almost 40% of the food produced each year, which is enough to fill 730 football stadiums - thank god we're building more of them.
Not only does throwing food in landfills waste food that could feed plenty of insecure families, it's bad for the environment, releasing methane into the air and contributing to global warming.
So why do we waste this much food? Like everything else in the world, it all comes back to money. It's expensive for grocery stores and restaurants to donate food, and with a giant dumpster out back, throwing away leftover food just feels easier. Additionally, the labels on food are often incorrect, artificially placed there by manufacturers who probably just want you to throw food away and buy more. This means that all those times I turned my nose up at week old mustard, my mom was totally right in saying that it was safe to eat. Sorry mom!
As usual, John Oliver does an awesome job of educating me about a massive problem that I was pretty unaware of. I highly suggest everyone watch the video, learn a bit about how much food you're actually wasting and next time you see an expiration date, take it with a grain of salt.