According to WWF China, around 17 to 18 million tonnes of food went to waste in China in 2015 and President Xi Jinping called the amount wasted shocking and distressing.
So to stopped it, China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste. Mr. Xi makes the “Clean Plate Campaign” after highlighted that Covid-19 had “sounded the alarm” on food waste.
It comes after weeks of mass flooding across southern China which left farms wrecked and ruined tons of produce. And he also thought that China had to maintain a sense of crisis about food security.
But, it’s not the first time China has launched an anti-food waste campaign.
Nowadays, China was headed for a food crisis, made worse by the epidemic. State TV also criticized live streamers who filmed themselves eating large amounts of food.
And also, the Wuhan Catering Industry Association urged restaurants in the city to limit the number of dishes served to diners.
Chinese state agency CCTV also called out live streamers known commonly as “Mukbang” (such livestreams that popular in many parts of Asia including China), who typically film themselves eating large amounts of food.
According to CCTV, some of these livestreamers throw up afterward as they are unable to digest the large amounts of food eaten.