John Oliver is coming for your all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-waste food culture, and for good reason.
During a nearly 18-minute segment on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," Oliver unleashed a sobering look at America's food waste, and like the HBO host, we should be horrified. The statistics alone will make you feel like garbage, with reports indicating we waste 40% percent of our food every year, or over $165 billion. Oliver also dives into the festering landfill of our food standards, from the absurdity of monster cheeseburger commercials to "produce body-shaming" to the arbitrary "best by" and "use by" dates printed on our food.
We're all guilty, but hopefully we'll think twice about pitching a half a loaf of bread because of the printed date now because, as Oliver points out, "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."