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China enacts food waste law, brings in bans for binge-eating & fines for leftovers

by Cynthia Morel, May 11
1 minute read

The Chinese government has passed a wide-ranging law aimed at reducing food wastage, with particular provisions specifically aimed at banning “binge-eating” videos – a phenomenon that has become wildly popular among vloggers China, South Korea and elsewhere.

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So what?

This is against a backdrop where restaurants in China’s major cities waste 18 million tonnes of food a year, which is estimated to being enough to feed up to 50 million people in the same timeframe. It is also at a time where the UN has warned that global food insecurity has reached a 5-year high amid COVID.

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