John Oliver On American Food Waste

  • Craig S

    Who would have thought the voice of America would be British? John Oliver rocks.

  • Strepsi

    I am loving him! WHo would have thought that you could get more information from 1/2 hour of HBO in a week and 2 1/2 hours of COmedy Central, than the other 165 hours of CNN, FOX, and NBC combined?

  • I work in a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free et cetera restaurant populated entirely by pompous liberals and hippies who think they’re green and the amount of food we chuck out is appalling.

    • Gigi

      You lost? Breitbart is —————————>

    • Jeffrey

      The level of smug in a vegan restaurant is deadly, Im sure.

      • gaymex

        lol…level of smug.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Sounds like a sweeping generalization born of ignorance. I frequent several vegan restaurants in Portland, OR that are owned, staffed and patronized by some of the most excellent people I know.

        • Jeffrey

          I don’t care about the awesomeness of random staff and patrons, but thank you for adding to the conversation.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Sounds like you should get a new job working for/with people you actually respect.

  • Gigi

    To fully comprehend all the information packed into this clip you’d have to watch it several times. Even if most Americans (and Canadians) did, they’d forget it as soon as the clip ended.

    • leastyebejudged

      What I got out of it is that the US Senate is full of shitbags that are never held accountable, all of whom I would not feel the least bit sorry for if they were all killed by a jet airliner crashing into them.

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  • joe ho

    france recently passed a law requiring supermarkets to donate their wasted food to food banks. before they were dousing it with bleach so the homeless couldn’t eat it.

    • StevenMN

      Dousing with bleach is a common practice in much of the world including the US

      • joe ho

        are any other countries outlawing it?

  • sherman

    They basically ripped off “Just Eat It”, a special MSNBC had on Earth Day last spring. This even has part of it at 11:30. This was “Just Eat It” with comedy added. A little disappointed in Oliver unless he properly credited Tom Colicchio before or after what was shown in this clip.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8650YKglHA

    • Webslinger

      I do not care about the source as long as the message gets out there and I am not going to “shame” Jon Oliver and others if it is not sited properly as the reality is bigger than the recognition (edited but I am hopeful that all sources are sited properly as so people can FOCUS on this important issue and not something else…lastly there is MUCH information about this subject out there and it may look and sound like someone else’s work in the end if presented in a similar manner) …the reality is many Americans throw away TOO much food and other waste materials that could be recycled and/or reduced..

      • sherman

        I have standards. If you steal all the research that someone else did, you should at a minimum give them some credit for it, not sit back and accept all of the credit. You can be concerned about food waste (and other even more important food issues that Tom Colicchio crusades for) and journalistic ethics at the same time.

        • Webslinger

          AGREED…

          I am confident that there is credit where credit is due…

    • leastyebejudged

      But John Oliver added celebrity penis jokes to make it more savvy and relevant !

  • gaymex

    I really appreciate what John Oliver does. Food waste is even greater than I thought.
    I will say, not to be overly picky, the scene with the family who didn’t have enough money to eat well was a little disconcerting when one of the children was drinking from a McDonald’s cup. I realize I know nothing of the circumstances in that case and I understand why a mom would buy a treat for her child, but education of consumers is important.
    I remember life on my grandmother’s farm where all food scraps were fed to pigs rather than being thrown out.

    • wineflask

      McD is everywhere, and is cheap. Without a car, even basic grocery shopping can be time-consuming or expensive (google food desert). Let’s not judge people until we know what their conditions are.

      • gaymex

        I thought I had mentioned that I didn’t fuly know the circumstances of the McD. If I seemed like I was judging…that wasn’t my intent. I have a great deal of sympathy and empathy for the problems of feeding a family with not enough money. It’s almost impossible. I’ve been on the streets as a runaway. I get it. Still, McD swill is not a great idea on a strict food budget. If that’s all there is, then so be it.

  • Webslinger

    I love my worm compost bin…also my husband and I work VERY hard to reduce food waste and one way that we do this is by not eating out in restaurants…we go out to eat maybe twice a month…the money that is saved and waste avoided is STAGGERING…

    • Bj Lincoln

      We don’t eat out even that often. We both were in food service and saw too much waste. Also, we are on a fixed income and can’t afford to waste anything. I plan ahead for shopping and cooking. We eat leftovers for lunch to avoid ‘lunch meat’ and other processed foods. We still toss too much away. My father-in-law is the worst! He will not reheat anything or eat anything that is not picture perfect. He will let things rot before he eats it. I put my foot down about this. If I get him something he likes, say strawberries, and he doesn’t eat them because he is too lazy to prepare them the way he likes or just eat them out of the box and they rot…I don’t buy any more. If something comes in a bag, say apples, and I don’t open the bag, he will let them rot before he will open them and start eating. I am forced to use them up before they get so bad no one can eat them.

      • Webslinger

        I do the same in regards in lunch as left overs…my husband is a vegetarian and I am one 80% of the time…the waste from eating out is STAGGERING and DISTURBING…you are correct in that many people have to have PERFECT fruits and vegetables and that is WEIRD to me…

        • Bj Lincoln

          When we do go out, we plan. We stuff ourselves with salad then bring home the meals for dinner tomorrow. We don’t eat much at any one time so we get full fast. When we order take out. We can eat on that for days!

          • Webslinger

            We tend to do only Happy Hour as the portions are smaller and so is the cost…

      • Steven Leahy

        Like you I do not eat out much except when i have to when I travel for work. I have noticed a trend where many chains are really downsizing their portions sharply. A win for everyone….they waste less, we eat less (let’s face it most of us don’t need it), and it likely improves their margins.

  • Webslinger

    Worm Compost bin for indoor and outdoor use…even for apartments…

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LH47PY/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?

  • douglas

    bitch go away…….flagged

    • MDB

      She’s such a busy-little-beaver this morning; spamming every JMG post.

  • Drake

    Food waste is horrible – horrible eneregy wast to produce the food, fertilizers that pollute, watered for production ultimately a wast, energy to bring it to the consumer, energy for the consumer to go to a market or restaurant. Waste, waste, waste. He is right on with this.

  • Stev84

    This one isn’t just an American problem.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      It would not surprise me that the US is #1 in this category.

  • I don’t understand about the less perfect peaches being tossed on the ground, why aren’t those collected separately and used for things like jam or sliced frozen/canned fruit, etc? It would reduce waste and provide the farmer with another stream of income.

    • ColdCountry

      I was wondering that, too.

      • It seems like pure laziness. Pick all the peaches that are ripe and use them!

  • Steven Leahy

    I eat leftovers all the time and generally clean everything on my plate. I think throwing away food with people starving is one of the most morally egregious things happening in our world.

  • Steven Leahy

    Maybe instead of subsiding farmers to over or under-produce the US gov’t can incentivize companies (or farmers) to donate.

  • ColdCountry

    I don’t think I throw out 20 lbs of food a year. I live alone, so something like a bag of spinach can go along way. But I’ll eat it every day for a week before I’ll just have one salad and throw the rest onto the compost pile.

  • leastyebejudged

    Yeah, I know we don’t throw out 20lbs of food a year between two of us.

    Where these numbers come from is a good question. I kind of don’t care though, because it’s a distraction. Food in the USA is contaminated/adulterated. Labeling laws conceal what’s IN the food we buy, and industry prevents us from knowing how badly we’re being poisoned.

    You’re always going to have some produce going bad before it makes it to it’s destination and gets sold, I don’t really think that should even be counted, despite us not knowing exactly what was done to it and how contaminated it is with pesticides and fumigants. And a lot of food has a very long shelf life, most of which is even more adulterated with additives and preservatives. And then there’s baked goods, some fot eh worst foods for you, filled with sequesterants to keep it “fresh” appearing, while making it nutritionally almost useless.

    And then there’s the massively subsidized crops, like corn, sugar, and soybean. Arguably foods that should be minimal in one’s diet, yet are ubiquitous in the hopelessly adulterated and corrupt USA food supply.

    So yeah, I don’t really give a fuck about food waste, it’s a distraction from the real issue, which is why does the USA suck so much. Hint, PR, the media, misinformation, and corporate America.