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National versus personal: U.S. consumers perception of the extent of food waste, 2013

This statistic depicts the results of a quantitative online survey conducted by BAV Consulting from February 22 to March 6, 2013. American adults were polled about their perception on the amount of food wasted by the country as a whole versus personal food waste. The respondents stated on average to believe that 41 percent of total U.S. food production goes to waste. In comparison, the survey respondents indicated on average to believe that they only throw away 18 percent of the food.

Consumers' perception on the national and personal extent of food wasted in the United States in 2013

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Release date

March 2013


United States

Survey time period

February 22 to March 6, 2013

Number of respondents

1,001 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Registered voters

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The original question ran as fowllows: What percent of all the food produced every year in the United States/what percent of the food you bring home from the grocery store do you think goes to waste (uneaten, spoils, etc.).

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