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Food waste calls for penalties against offenders

REDUCING food waste cannot be achieved by preaching morality. Punitive measures should be applied to reinforce discipline.

It is said the amount of food Chinese waste on dining tables is worth up to 200 billion yuan (US$32 billion) annually, equal to the grain ration for 200 million people in a year, according to a recent report by CCTV.

Those who waste food include civil servants and common people.

The issue doesn't matter to some officials and civil servants who dine on public funds. And ordinary people go in for luxurious feasts for the sake of face. Some people take food waste for granted, since they pay for their meal. But wasted food is social resource. This is not a matter of personal business.

Some kind of punishment, such as penalty fees, is needed to curb the practice. It is especially important that civil servants set an example for others by not wasting food.


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