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Comedian John Oliver digs into America's food waste, expiration date problemsComedian John Oliver digs into America's food waste, expiration date problems

Jenna Blumenfeld

July 20, 2015

Apart from "wining and dining raccoons," when we throw out food, we're not only adding to landfills that emit dangerous methane gases into the atmosphere, but also we're supporting a system that deprives people who live in food-insecure households of needed nutrition. 

On a recent episode of his show Last Week Tonight, comedian and social commentator John Oliver examines the reasons why 40 percent of the food produced in America is never eaten—and advocates for legislation that incentivizes brands to donate their extra food to those who need it. 

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Jenna Blumenfeld


Jenna Blumenfeld lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she reports on the natural products industry, sustainable agriculture, and all things plant based. 

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