I was born in Moscow, Russia. When I came to the West some 19 years ago, I was shocked to see the amount of food [available]… I mean, I was born in Communist Russia — we didn’t have that much food … And I was also shocked to see the amount of food waste. People wasted food everywhere, without giving it any second thought.
…We do it all the time: We buy more food than we actually need; we stack it into the back of our fridges, and then we let it die — slowly. And let’s say that after a week or two, when our carrots get all wrinkled and sad, we just take them out and throw them all away, because, you know, you can always buy some more.
Does it matter? It actually does.
Good edible food — your money, your time, farmers’ work, carbon emissions, all of that — [we throw it directly away to feed our garbage can.]
Ladies and gentlemen, we have to be smarter than that. We have to wake up…
In just some 20 years, we are going to need two planets to sustain the demand for our consumption: The population is growing and the resources are already lacking … We are running out of time.