The Save Food initiative has welcomed Xiamen Changsu, its first member from China. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of flexible packaging and biaxially-oriented polyamide films (BOPA). A BOPA film usually serves as a barrier in packaging to prevent interaction between the con-tent and the environment and thus ensures a longer shelf-life. The company has state-of-the-art facilities in Xiamen, Fujian Province, and will now be contributing its technical expertise and ideas to the Save Food community.
Food loss and waste are pressing issues in China. According to a study by the Institute of Agricultural Economics Research at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 35 million tonnes of food is lost each year before it reaches the consumer. For rice alone the figure is as high as 7.5 million tonnes. Moreover, due to the banqueting culture among wealthy Chinese and in business, the rate of food waste in the catering industry is approximately 19%. In 2013 the government launched an advertising campaign with TV spots, under the slogan ‘Clean your plate.’
Set against the background of limited water resources in China, such large amounts of food loss and waste are critical. China has 21% of the global population, but only 6% of the world’s water resources. The number of Save Food members in the industry is currently over 140. In addition, there are about 230 NGOs and research institutes which are registered with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
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