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The ‘Clean Plate’ Campaign in China

China has put in force several new laws against food waste to foster an environmentally friendly society and more rational consumption habits.

The law also bans food vloggers and broadcasters from shooting and sharing binge-eating videos on their social media accounts, with the fines reaching 100,000 yuan ($15,451).

China has put in force several new laws against food waste to foster an environmentally friendly society and more rational consumption habits.
The law also bans food vloggers and broadcasters from shooting and sharing binge-eating videos on their social media accounts, with the fines reaching 100,000 yuan ($15,451).

The 'Clean Plate' Campaign in China
The 'Clean Plate' Campaign in China

Restaurants can now also charge customers an extra fee if they have left large amounts of food uneaten. In addition, food service operators who waste excessive amounts of food can face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan.

People and university societies across China have been arranging anti-food waste protests and designing posters that stick on restaurants’ windows across the country.

The numbers are mind-blowing. China’s urban catering industry wastes nearly 35 million tonnes of food each year. This number is enough to feed 30 – 50 million people. On a global level, one-third of food production is lost or wasted every year.

Sustainable food production and consumption are now more critical than ever. Around 30% of the global agricultural land is used to produce food that we never consume. Thus, governments around the world may follow China’s example and try to discourage food loss and waste to build a more sustainable society.

Restaurants can now also charge customers an extra fee if they have left large amounts of food uneaten. In addition, food service operators who waste excessive amounts of food can face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan.

People and university societies across China have been arranging anti-food waste protests and designing posters that stick on restaurants’ windows across the country.

The numbers are mind-blowing. China’s urban catering industry wastes nearly 35 million tonnes of food each year. This number is enough to feed 30 – 50 million people. On a global level, one-third of food production is lost or wasted every year.

Sustainable food production and consumption are now more critical than ever. Around 30% of the global agricultural land is used to produce food that we never consume. Thus, governments around the world may follow China’s example and try to discourage food loss and waste to build a more sustainable society.

Another good example against food waste comes from the most populous city in the world, Shanghai. The local government introduced strict laws for companies and people to recycle their food waste correctly.
Individuals who want to play their part against food waste can use more efficient storage systems, while restaurants can encourage diners to take their leftovers and consume them at home if they wish.
Another good example against food waste comes from the most populous city in the world, Shanghai. The local government introduced strict laws for companies and people to recycle their food waste correctly.
Individuals who want to play their part against food waste can use more efficient storage systems, while restaurants can encourage diners to take their leftovers and consume them at home if they wish.
Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus
In Cyprus, several non-governmental and volunteering organizations organize “green” initiatives to help our island become greener and reduce food waste.
They collect food from local markets that would otherwise be wasted and re-distribute it to anyone who needs it. Last June, Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary, Andreas Gregoriou, touched upon food waste in Cyprus, stating that it is on the government’s priority list to act against it.
Gregoriou also said that 88 million tonnes of consumable food in the EU end up in the bin. Europeans produce around 179 kilos of trash each year. Meanwhile, 900 million people worldwide suffer from starvation. The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy has signed a New Green Deal to facilitate the transition to sustainable food systems.

It needs small, everyday changes to change habits and start thinking “greener.”
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Cyprus

In Cyprus, several non-governmental and volunteering organizations organize “green” initiatives to help our island become greener and reduce food waste.
They collect food from local markets that would otherwise be wasted and re-distribute it to anyone who needs it. Last June, Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary, Andreas Gregoriou, touched upon food waste in Cyprus, stating that it is on the government’s priority list to act against it.
Gregoriou also said that 88 million tonnes of consumable food in the EU end up in the bin. Europeans produce around 179 kilos of trash each year. Meanwhile, 900 million people worldwide suffer from starvation. The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy has signed a New Green Deal to facilitate the transition to sustainable food systems.

It needs small, everyday changes to change habits and start thinking “greener.”

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