This video was posted last year on YouTube, and it was posted again this year at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. While it was posted for Thanksgiving, CNS News blogged about it after Christmas. As you can see, it applies to the whole holiday season:
The EPA’s text to go with the video:
Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. More than 96% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change. So, this holiday season, take steps to cut down your food waste.
Reducing food waste saves you money, lowers your carbon footprint, and supports your community by providing donated untouched food that would have otherwise gone to waste to those who might not have a steady food supply. Find planning, storage, and prep tips to help you waste less.
Rotting food has been going on as long as there have been fruits and vegetables. According to this Wikipedia article wetlands create massive amounts of methane. Ruminant animals produce methane. Ruminant animals have been producing methane for as long as they have lived on the earth. Plants may account for thirty percent of methane apart from agriculture.
It is obvious that rather than merely being at war with human industrial activity, the EPA is now at war with the natural world. That is what happens when you believe in delusions that label natural parts of the environment as a pollutant.
As far as wasted food is concerned, I hate it. This is not because I believe fables about methane destroying our way of life, but because it means wasted money. World leaders may not understand this since they get flown at taxpayer expense in carbon-spewing jets to climate change summits, but ordinary people don’t like to waste food or any other resource. They pay for them.
The admonition in the video to buy only what we need is patronizing and unnecessary. The video showing a whole bowl of food being taken from the dining room table and scooped into the trash is ridiculous. It would go into the refrigerator.
But the only way to avoid waste (and even then not entirely) is to rely more on freezing and refrigeration. That won’t work if you are trying to avoid violating greenhouse taboos. And people often prefer fresh to frozen. But getting and cooking food for guests always involves extra guesswork. You want to make sure you have enough but you can’t know how much people will eat or if you will have enough time to finish the leftovers before they go bad.
And now, thanks to the superstitions spread by the EPA, you have something new to feel anxious and guilty for over the holiday season. Normally, people would rather be generous even if it means risking some waste. After all, it’s Christmas! Enter the EPA to tell you that you are destroying the planet like some bureasaurian Scrooge. “Bah! Humbug!”
Don’t let their killjoy voices get inside your head.
The EPA should stick to what it does best, like polluting a river over the objections of locals.