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how do i find out how much produce/money people throw away each year. Ie; when produce spoils before eaten and then has to be thrown out.

Good question! According to EPA, food waste is the single largest component of trash. In our own 2012 PBH Research, 35% and 17% say they throw out no fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, respectively. 63% and 83% say they throw out one quarter or less of their fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, respectively. Basically, over 80% throw out at least some fresh fruits or vegetables that they buy. There is much less waste with frozen, canned, dried, or 100% juice products.

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