From Farm to Landfill

On the latest “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver talks about how rotten our country’s food-waste problem is.

July 21, 2015

This week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled a subject that’s particularly near (and not dear) to our hearts here at onEarth: food waste. Drawing from a report by our very own publisher, NRDC, Oliver explains how about 40 percent of the food produced in America never gets eaten. That stat is even more shameful when you consider all the resources (fresh water, electricity, fuel, pesticides, fertilizer, land, animal feed) that went into growing and transporting it—AND the 50 million Americans who are trying to get by on empty stomachs.

So watch Oliver make fun of you and your wasteful ways and then do something about it. Here are a few key takeaways: Expiration dates are as good as meaningless, ugly produce is beautiful to eat, and we should be donating a lot more food.  


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