New Swedish study shows:

Bananas are the biggest food waste culprit

Bananas are the most-wasted produce item in supermarkets, according to new food waste research from Karlstad University. Researchers measured the food waste in the produce section of three supermarkets to identify the seven worst offenders according to three factors: how much of each type of fruit or vegetable was discarded, the climate impact of this waste and the financial loss for stores.

The items identified, which included apples, tomatoes, lettuce, sweet peppers, pears, and grapes, represented nearly half of the total food waste of the stores. Lettuce alone represented 17 percent of the costs of the waste.

Last year, Norway made a goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030. The country has announced several initiatives to contribute to this reduction, including programs organizing food handouts to charitable organizations and a transition away from “use before” dates and towards “best by” dates.

According to an article by, an estimated one-third of food is wasted worldwide. In developed countries, some 40 percent of food waste occurs at retail and consumer levels, and more in general, at retail level, large quantities of food are wasted due to over-emphasizing the products appearance.

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