In China, the time is ripe to revisit the great culinary traditions. The inhabitants of the Middle kingdom are known for their food as well as for their good appetite. But president Xi Jinping wants to shake up the habits in order to fight against food waste. Also the Chinese will they have to put themselves to the austerity culinary if they want to comply with a recent order of the head of their State. So they will have to do a dish per guest minus one. Is the exact opposite of the tradition, according to which are served at the table with as many dishes as there are guests plus one.
Several professional associations in the sector of catering in the cities of Beijing, Wuhan and Xian are now attempting to impose this model " N - 1 ". Their members are also invited to offer on their menus the option of ordering smaller portions or half-portions. These initiatives are the result of a "statement" published on Tuesday by president Xi Jinping in person. The strong man in Beijing has deemed it "shocking and disturbing" the waste food of his countrymen.
"In spite of the good harvest reaped by our country every year, it is necessary to maintain a sense of crisis in terms of food security," warned the head of State and head of the chinese communist Party. In a report, 2018, chinese Academy of sciences estimated that nearly 100 grams the amount of food waste on average per person at each meal. At the end of a meal, the polite traditional requires to leave food in her plate in order not to give the impression that one has not had enough to eat.
35 million tons of food wasted per year
With its economic boom, China has gone in a few decades, periods of famine to over-consumption. In 2015, the Academy of agricultural sciences estimated that 35 million tons of food wasted every year in the country of 1.4 billion people. Social networks have taken over the anti-waste. The popular platforms Douyin and Kuaishou have announced that they will close the accounts of users who are in the process of pig out to the extreme, usually known under the term "Korean" mukbang ".
But some people seem to doubt the results of the new policy of austerity shown. "It should start to change our habit national of wanting to put on a show," observed a user on the network Weibo. We always think that we are losing face if we order one dish for two people. "p> Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 07:33