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Only Half of Consumers Aware of Food Waste Problem

(ThePoultrySite) Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem.
Researchers have also identified that most people perceive benefits to throwing food away, some of which have limited basis in fact.
A study … found that only 53 per cent of respondents said they were aware that food waste is a problem…
"Generally, we found that people consider three things regarding food waste," said doctoral student Danyi Qi, who co-authored the study. "They perceive there are practical benefits, such as a reduced risk of foodborne illness, but at the same time they feel guilty about wasting food. They also know that their behaviours and how they manage their household influences how much food they waste."
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