Comedian and current affairs show host, John Oliver, used humour and hard facts to pass sharp tongued judgement on food waste in America in Sunday's Last Week Tonight show. Even Donald Trump wasn't safe from his targeted quips which culminated in a blanket call to action, "We all have to address our relationship with food waste" he told the nation.
According to a segment from Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food every year, and John Oliver is enraged about it. Up to 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. never gets eaten, while nearly 50 million households across the country experience food insecurity. “At this rate,” Oliver joked "in 40 years when you order pizza from Domino's, they'll just deliver it straight to the nearest dumpster. As they should, but that's not the point here. Yikes!"
Landfills create methane gas a greenhouse gas which leads to global warming, which Oliver summarised so eloquently, "When we dump food into a landfill, we're essentially throwing a trash blanket over a flatulent food man and Dutch-ovening the entire planet."
Touching on solutions to this epidemic he suggested that "Small businesses should get tax incentives to donate food, so we have to find a way to pass that. But even if we do, it will be one small part of what needs to be a much bigger solution from resolving to eat uglier fruit to taking expiration dates with a pinch of salt to no longer worrying about getting sued by high-powered lawyers representing the hungry."
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