4 Celebrities Fighting Against Food Waste
Here is a figure that you should read carefully: Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year gets lost or wasted. Thats A LOT of wasted food! Luckily, the topic of food waste has become somewhat mainstream, partly due to the public figures who have brought it to the forefront of public discourse. Let’s commend the celebrities who have advocated passionately for reducing food waste.
One of the most influential political comedians of all time, John Oliver, dedicated a whole segment of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to food wastage in America. He said we are “dutch-ovening the entire planet!” Which is hilarious and absurd, but also, in some way true! By throwing food scraps into landfills, we are actually contributing to global warming! Food waste in landfills decomposes slowly, creating huge amounts of methane, a strong greenhouse gas.
Since the day he became Pope, he has been noted for his simple lifestyle and his rejection of consumerism. Pope Francis is also a very vocal defender of the environment and has specifically addressed about the injustice surrounding food. During his UN World Environment Day speech, he discussed food waste and resource exploitation, he said: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry.”
Gwyneth Palthrow is an expert when it comes to healthy food and living a healthy lifestyle. She is also aware of the problem of food waste in the US and works closely with L.A. Kitchen, an organization that trains chefs from underprivileged backgrounds, to make meals using fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown in landfills. Her son Moses is also a young volunteer at L.A. Kitchen, training to become waiter.
This beauty from the movie Slumdog Millionaire is another passionate advocate against food wastage in the entertainment industry. For this year’s Academy Awards, she partnered with Copia, a company that uses technology to fight food inequality. She made sure that all the leftovers from the Oscars’ luxurious dinner wouldn’t go to waste. Thanks to Freida and to Copia, around 800 people in need were fed after the event.
What can you do to decrease food waste?
What can you do to reduce your food waste? Well, step one is to conserve the food you have! Treat the food you grow in your garden, buy at the market and find on your plate as a valuable commodity. Did your banana turn brownish? That’s okay, make banana pancakes (they are always yummier when the bananas are soft). Did your bread go stale? You can still make use of it for bread crumbs. There are all sorts of tricks to waste less. And if you want to take it a step further, why not consider composting your food scraps using biodigestion? Composing using biodigestion means that your food breaks down anaerobically, without oxygen. Biodigesters like HomeBiogas treat your waste on-site and create by-products that can add value to your life!
Written by: Alejandra Guillot