Grasping at straws? That is what the Environmental Protection Agency seems to be doing as it snoops around Americans' holiday meal tables to tell them that the food they waste this season could contribute to climate change.
The video provided here by CNSNews is part of the EPA’s "Fight Food Waste" campaign. One of the tactics employed by the agency is to scare Americans into thinking that pitching their extra slice of pie into the trash this season will cause the Polar ice caps to melt.
"Most people don't realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce,” the EPA website states. “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,” the text states. “So, this holiday season, take steps to cut down your food waste."
“Before sitting down with friends and family this holiday season, consider the impact your meal can have on our planet,” the video, posted on Dec. 16, states.
“A typical American family of four throws out $1,600 of wasted food each year,” it continues.
“It ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change,” the narrator states while an image of a savage storm is shown.
“So this holiday season, buy only what you need,” the video states. “Donate your extra food to food banks and shelters and compost the trimmings.”
Apparently the EPA did not review the findings of a recent Pew Survey that shows Americans are "least concerned" about the issue of "climate change" than citizens of just about any other major industrialized nation. But, even if they were, it seems a strain to make the connection that holiday food waste is connected to global warming -- particularly in light of the latter cannot even be proven with scientific accuracy.