China launches campaign to reduce food waste amid fears of shortages due to Covid-19

China launches campaign to reduce food waste amid fears of shortages due to Covid-19

President Xi says there are no immediate threats to China’s food security but has urged citizens to remain vigilant

China’s President Xi Jinping has called for an end of food waste as the country launched a “Clean Your Plate Campaign”. 

President Xi urged citizens to remain vigilant on food security despite the fact there is no shortage of harvests. There has been concern of a looming food crisis made worst by the pandemic and floods in southern China. But Chinese agriculturalists said those factors would not impact this year’s domestic food security. 

President Xi encouraged the implementation of a long-term solution to stop wasting food at restaurants.  

“Food waste is at a shocking and distressing level as tens of thousands tons of food are left on dining tables every day to be thrown out,” Xi said. “It’s necessary to raise public awareness on the issue further and to foster an environment of reducing food consumption.”

Ordering more dishes more the table can consume and to fill a table has been a norm in China, especially at banquets. Behind that mindset is a tradition of flaunting wealth and superstition that a banquet host should order a variety of dishes for auspicious reasons.