No more over-ordering
China's 'Clear Your Plate' campaign
is clamping down on food wastage
as recent disruptions to farming
raise concerns about food security
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 23-YEAR-OLD IT COMPANY WORKER, FANG NAN, SAYING:
"The country has been constantly advocating for the 'clear plate campaign'. I think it is a very good call, and we are trying our best to meet the call of the country. We try to order food according to our own appetite every time we eat out. We will also take home our leftovers, to take action for this 'clear plate campaign' and not waste food."
China's catering industry wastes
Source: State media
//17 to 18 milliontonnesof food a year//
Now restaurants are offering smaller portions
and rolling out penalties for wasting food
(SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) GENERAL MANAGER OF QUANJUDE QIANMEN RESTAURANT, WANG XIAOSHAN, SAYING:
"In order to respond to the government's call to reduce food waste, we have further refined our responsibilities in terms of service. Firstly, during the ordering process, we will remind our customers to order dishes according to the number of people where possible. If they order too much we will advise them to order less. In addition, we now offer customers set menus, and we will recommend they select a set menu designed for one person less than the size of their group. For example, for seven guests, we recommend a set menu for six people, which can avoid food waste to a certain extent. At the same time, we will remind guests to take away their leftovers and we offer a free packaging service for this."