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University of Otago researchers report that 77 percent of food waste produced by retailers such as supermarkets is being saved from landfill. With 46 percent of the food saved being turned into animal feed and 15 percent sent to food rescue charities. The researchers state that on average, New Zealand households produce almost 10 times more food waste than that produced by supermarkets. Co-author Professor Sheila Skeaff stated that citizens need to take ownership for food waste as it is one of the practical steps that can be taken at home to help reduce the impacts of climate change. Of the waste still sent to landfill by the supermarkets, the biggest contributors were found to be dairy at 23 percent, meat and fish and 21 percent, and bakery at 21 percent.
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