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This is why Americans throw out $165 billion in food every year

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Some 160 billion pounds of discarded food ends up in landfills.

Americans have a complicated relationship with food: They eat a lot and waste a lot.

More than half of Americans say they’re aware of the problem of food waste, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Plos One, published by the Public Library of Science, but that 53% who admit to disposing of food also say they’re not willing to do much about it. Just over 42% of people agree trashing food is a waste of money and nearly one-quarter say they do not have enough time to worry about food waste.

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