Vastavam web: Chinese President Xi stressed the need to maintain a sense of ‘crisis’ around food. China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste, after President Xi Jinping called the amount wasted “shocking and distressing”. The “Clean Plate Campaign” comes after Mr Xi highlighted that Covid-19 had “sounded the alarm” on food waste. It also comes after weeks of mass flooding across southern China which left farms wrecked and ruined tons of produce. Following Chinese President Xi message , the Wuhan Catering Industry Association urged restaurants in the city to limit the number of dishes served to diners – implementing a system where groups must order one dish less than the number of diners. So under this system dubbed “N-1”, a group of 10 people can only order 9 dishes.