China’s President Xi Jinping urged his country to take immediate measures to stop food waste from growing, especially at a time when the nation’s grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is necessary to further enhance public awareness of the issue, effectively cultivate thrifty habits and foster a social environment where waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable,” Xi said according to Xinhua.
Supply-side problems have sent the price of pork surging this year and driven up egg prices in the past month, with the price trends becoming a fixture of local media reporting in the process, reports the South China Morning Post.
Last month, pork prices rose by 85.7 per cent on-year and expanded 10.3 per cent from June, new data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed. The price of pork has more than doubled in the first seven months of the year from the same period in 2019.
The price of pork, a staple meat in China, has the largest weighting in China’s consumer price index (CPI) and last year it contributed about 30 per cent of the country’s headline inflation rate of 2.9 per cent.
African Swine Fever, Covid hit pork production, sending prices and consumer inflation rising in China.https://t.co/FbVfC5X0P3— Christopher Kent (@Cekent) August 11, 2020
China import of commodities & look at soybeans in recent months, volume up a lot on worries about shortage of food. pic.twitter.com/mDVsc30RIY— Trinh (@Trinhnomics) August 11, 2020
Insightful @Reuters analysis on how China needs "explosive" buying to meet U.S. farm import target of #36.5 bln -- imports running behind 2017 levels when they should be 50% ahead https://t.co/VL2O1A3OF1#China #US #trade #tradedeal #imports #agriculture #soybean #pork #beef #HK pic.twitter.com/jIwkQfJszO— Global Markets Forum (@ReutersGMF) August 11, 2020
#China Faces Food Shortage as Droughts, Flooding & Pests Ruin Harvest— Indo-Pacific News (@IndoPac_Info) August 10, 2020
Extreme weather led to destruction of crops. Heavy rains in the south, center & east, while the northwest & northeast have droughts.
Locusts & fall armyworms have invaded cropshttps://t.co/dNts6rzsgb
🇨🇳🌊 12 August 2020— HUNTSMAN 🇺🇸 (@man_integrated) August 12, 2020
The Sichuan Basin situation is deteriorating further, with extreme risk of large-scale flooding and destruction.
An upgrade from "blue" to "orange" threat level is major.
The map is forecast rainfall (inches) for the next 10 days. pic.twitter.com/bMclbFqGO9
Beijing on flood alert as rains hamper China’s economic recovery https://t.co/df9LXy5DgB— FT China (@ftchina) August 12, 2020
Are the floods about to return to China? Cos that's the most insane & huge load of rain I think I've ever seen.#ChinaFloods #ChinaFlooding #ChinaFlood #Yangtze #YangtzeFloods #ThreeGorgesDam pic.twitter.com/r3OLg0VcyH— Nine Dragons (@NineDragons2) August 11, 2020
After #Chinese General Secretary #Xi made the policy "Don't waste food" yesterday, all restaurants in #Wuhan are "recommended" that they should serve 10 people with food for 9 (n-1 policy). And all restaurants need to provide to-go boxes.— Austin H. Wang (@wearytolove) August 11, 2020
Source: https://t.co/PfBivjmhRs pic.twitter.com/5uDMsMXoxn
President Xi openly said, "Don't waste the food." Something disastrous might be coming in mainland China. #Flooding_along_YangtzeRiver_over_a_quarter— Miss Ashes (@2pftw) August 11, 2020
Ratio tickets for rice, pork, clothes, and cooking oil. I grew up with them in China. pic.twitter.com/kjlyKsnmMi— 李江琳 (@JianglinLi) August 11, 2020