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  • China takes action to cut down on food waste
  • nahyun | 2020.08.31 09:01

  • China takes action to cut down on food waste







    Why is food waste a bad thing? Is it a bad thing?

    Do you think that restaurants waste food?


    The Chinese government wants Chinese people to stop wasting food.

    The name of the campaign is "say no to food waste.” Restaurants and tourist places will be controlled.

    The China Consumers Association (CCA) has also called on the Chinese people not to waste food while eating out at restaurants. Some places have come up with new ways to help people have healthy eating habits.

    Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the country to think of this as an emergency. He said the amount of food waste in the country is "shocking and distressing."

    The country will pull the brakes on too much eating, Mukbang shows have come under the spotlight.

    Mukbangs are online shows originally from South Korea. They show people eating large amounts of food in front of the camera. But this has come under fire for wasting food. They say it is making binge eating seem normal.

    But some are calling for limits to the campaign. They ask if uneaten food at restaurants is really such a crime.

    Try to guess the meaning of the words in bold and match them with their closest meaning from the choices in the right. Some of the answers are very close and have similar meaning. The meaning of these words is how they are used in the reading. Some of these words have different meanings in the dictionary depending on how they are used.

     The answers are below the table.



    called onA1To think of a new idea, invent something new
    come up withB2Very worrying/concerning, a feeling that you can’t do anything and are hopeless to fix a problem
    shockingC3To be blamed, to be attacked and criticized 
    distressingD4surprising, unbelievable
    pull the brakes onE5To be looked at carefully, to investigate
    come under the spotlight.F6To do too much of something, to continuously do something without stopping
    come under fireG7To stop something
    bingeH8To request people to do something


    A=8, B=1,C=4, D=2, E=7, F=5, G=3, H=6


    Some example sentences using the new words or phrases from the meaning of how they are used in the reading to help you understand better.


    1. The government is calling on everyone to wear face masks in public.

    2. We need to come up with some new ideas to solve this problem.

    3. Getting a D on my work was shocking.

    4. The KOSPI sharemarket decreased by 30%. Many people are distressed.

    5. This university campus is pulling the brakes on drinking. From next week there will be no alcohol allowed on campus.

    6. The politicians actions have come under the spotlight. Many say he stole the money.

    7. The shop has come under fire for having prices that are too high.

    8. Some freshmen students binge drink. They drink until they can not stand anymore.


    Some questions using the new words/phrases. Try to use the words/phrases in your answer.



    1. What are some things your government has called on people to do?

    2. Do you think the government should come up with ideas or laws to control how we eat and drink? Why or why not?

    3. Why would the amount of food waste be shocking?

    4. Do you think that the president of China grew up in a time when there was not much food. And that is why he would feel distressed? What is your opinion?

    5. What would you like to see your government pull the brakes on? Why?

    6. What actions in your country should come under the spotlight?

    7. Do you feel it is fair that Mukbangs have come under fire?

    8. Is there something you love to binge on? What do people you know love to binge on?

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