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Food Waste Can Only Be Reduced If People Are Aware Of The Problem

July 22, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Ohio State University scientists has determined that Americans, who waste a lot of food each year, would be more likely to take steps to reduce waste if they understood the magnitude of the problem. About 80 billion pounds of food are tossed into America’s trash cans each year, wasting money and burdening the environment. Only fifty-three percent of respondents to a national survey, however, knewc that food waste is a problem – about ten percent higher than in a 2015 survey, but “still amazingly low.” The researchers said increasing awareness of the problem would lead to “purposeful action to reduce food waste.” Other findings: only 58 percent thought wasting food is bad for the environment; and only 42 percent believe that food waste is a major source of money waste.
"American Consumers Don’t Understand the Impact of Food Waste", Institute of Food Technologists, July 22, 2016, © Institute of Food Technologists
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