Xi Jinping targets ‘shocking’ food waste as China battles floods and pandemic supply problems

Xi Jinping targets ‘shocking’ food waste as China battles floods and pandemic supply problems

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Floods have devastated large parts of the country this year. Photo: AFPChina’s president has called on the country to stop wasting food, with floods affecting the country’s traditional rice production areas and the coronavirus pandemic disrupting food supply chains.

Experts said curbing food waste will help improve food security and strengthen the country’s ability to cope with declines in imports.Since early June, torrential rains have ravaged large tracts of farmland in southern China, the country’s major rice growing centres.According to state news agency Xinhua, President Xi Jinping said China’s food waste problem was “shocking and distressing” and despite several years of bumper harvests the country needed to “maintain a sense of crisis about food security, especially amid the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

He also stressed the need to step up oversight in the area and establish a long-term mechanism to stop food waste.

In addition, he called for betterpublic awareness and the promotion of a social environment where “waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable”.