An estimated 40% of food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Food is the single largest contributor to our landfills, yet roughly 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure. These sobering figures were the catalyst for launching Spoiler Alert, and have captured increasing attention from consumers and businesses alike.
Even the most famous among us have taken notice. Household name celebrities from across Hollywood, politics, and even the Vatican are speaking out and taking action to tackle this enormous issue. Check out these five celebrities advocating against wasting food.
1. Gisele Bundchen, Supermodel
Not only a supermodel, Gisele is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This Brazilian beauty is known for her strong commitment to the environment. She has spoken publicly about food waste, maintains a "green" blog as well as serves as a board member of the Rainforest Alliance. Watch this video to learn about how you can join "Team Gisele" and reduce food waste.
2. Dan Barber, Celebrity Chef
3. Michael Bloomberg, Former NYC Mayor
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is well known for his philanthropy work, but he has also made huge strides to fight food waste. In his 2013 State of the City address, Bloomberg called food waste “New York City’s final recycling frontier.” As Mayor, he enacted strict standards for the city’s food waste, including a goal in 2013 to doubling the amount of waste the city recycles or composts, and the city’s first Commercial Organics Law,
4. John Oliver, Comedian and Television Host
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John Oliver is well known for his incredibly entertaining, and mildly scathing commentary on his show, Last Week Tonight. On July 19th, 2015, Oliver devoted his entire show to food waste in America. Oliver offered a sobering look at the food industry, saying “we all have to address our relationship with food waste”. He outlined many of the contributing factors, such as unhelpful expiration dates and inconsistent tax breaks for charitable donations from businesses. Our Spoiler Alert team was pleased to see our friend and fearless anti-food waste advocate, Emily Broad Lieb from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, featured on the segment. Check out our interview with Broad Lieb on our blog.
5. Pope Francis
Cheers to these public figures for joining the fight against wasting food. What other celebrities should be on this list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!