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China Proposes New Food Waste Law

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Binge-eating videos in China – and around the world – is all the rage.

In China, a new law has been proposed to stop food waste. Under the new law, anyone who posts videos online that promote overeating will face fines of up to 100,000 yuan (US$15,300). And restaurants will also face fines if they mislead consumers to order excessive meals and cause obvious waste.

In 2013, China launched the “Empty Your Plate Campaign” to curb officials’ extravagant feasts and receptions. Since then, ideas such as smaller dishes and taking away your leftovers have been promoted. Public awareness has improved to some extent, but food waste remains a big challenge.

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