Food wastage appears to be higher in developed countries, to emphasize the importance of reducing food waste Chinese lawmakers are considering a new draft law that would allow restaurants to charge diners an extra fee if they waste excessive amounts of food.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), FW is defined as food which is fit for consumption but discarded by choice or because has been left to spoil or expire, with ‘food’ referring to “whether processed, semi-processed or raw edible products going to human consumption.”
The draft anti-food-waste law was on Monday returned to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) for a second reading.
According to the draft, catering service providers could charge customers who leave excessive amounts of food waste a disposal fee, but rates for the charge must be clearly advertised.
Approximately 18 billion kg of food is wasted every year in China’s urban catering industry, according to a report based on nationwide field research carried out by NPC deputies.
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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, we have enough food to feed 10 billion people1. However, this food doesn’t get to everyone because of the wasteful behaviours of some. This waste starts from the level of the farmer to us, the consumers.
Ultimately, we discard and waste about ⅓ of the food grown for human consumption. These numbers aren’t good. Many of us have the financial comfort to never notice the effects of food waste. But there are people whose access to food depends on the consumption habits of others.
Say no to food waste.