The campaign against food waste launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping raises questions about food security in China, which faces severe floods and tensions with its main suppliers
With 1.4 billion mouths to feed, food security is a crucial issue in China, which suffered from a famine in the early 1960s that left tens of millions of victims. Since then, the Asian giant’s economic boom has been accompanied by an explosion in agricultural production and imports, and abundant banquets have become the norm in some circles. To such an extent that President Xi referred, in mid-August, to the “surprising and worrying” waste of his countrymen. “Despite the good harvests that our country reaps every year, it is necessary to maintain a perception of crisis in terms of food security”, he warned. This statement raised questions.
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