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The “largest known” study on U.S. food waste revealed critical insights. While 81% worry about food prices, only 33% know cutting waste can save $1,500 annually. Protein constitutes 10% of discarded food, and much wasted food is safe to eat. Higher-educated, higher-income, and younger households, plus those with kids, waste more. Popular solutions include mandating business donations and better food waste education. The EPA suggests reducing waste by planning meals and proper storage.