Millions of tonnes of food wasted in china every year could feed any where between 30 million and 50 million people, according to new research, with large restaurants and many schools responsible for a big share of the wastage.
The study, quoted by state media, showed that around 17 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes of food were wasted china annually between 2013 and 2015, once again bringing into focus the problem.
The findings were made public at a recent seminar organized by the UN Environment Programme.
According to 2015 data from the food and Agriculture organization of the UN, 1/4 to 1/3 of all food produced for human consumption around the world (around 1.3 billion tonnes) is lost or wasted each year. This includes 45% of all fruits and vegetables, 35% of fish and seafood, 30% of cereals, 20% of dairy products and 20% of meat.
With its huge population and important social etiquette, where a host is expected to serve excess food, it is not surprising that china has had problem with food wastage-something which could have become more serious as the economy boomed.
Cheng Shengkui from the Chinese Academy of sciences shared tha detail of the survey conducted four cities- Beijing, Shanghai, Lhasa and Chengdu. Cheng said the team of 140 researchers and volunteers ” surveyed 6983 tables of 366 restaurants” in four cities for more than 100 days.