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Reasons for discarding food in the U.S. in 2019, by gender

In 2019, the most frequent reason for discarding food among both male and female respondents was that the food spoiled or became stale, with approximately 82 percent of male respondents and 84 percent of female respondents naming this as a reason to discard food. Moreover, 44 percent of male respondents stated that they were cleaning as a reason for discarding food. This figure was slightly higher among their female counterparts, with approximately 53 percent naming this as a reason to discard food.

Reasons for discarding food in the United States in 2019, by gender

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

From August 13 to August 14, 2019

Number of respondents

1,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

In this survey, consumers were asked "Thinking back over the last month, what types of foods most often end up in your garbage at home?"

The answers were weighted. Multiple answers were possible.

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