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Global food waste perceived and actual by key country 2018

Share of perceived and actual food wasted worldwide in 2018, by select country

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Age group

22-60 years

Special properties

heads of households in 20 countries

Supplementary notes

The survey included 1,000 people in the USA, 2,000 in Germany, 2,000 in France, 1,500 in Sweden and 500 to 800 participants from other countries.

The participants were asked to keep track of their wasting habits during a period of six months - in doing so, they had to take into account grocery shoppings that went directly to the bin as well as leftovers.

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