• Journal of Natural Resources
  • Vol. 35, Issue 12, 2821 (2020)
Sheng-kui CHENG1, Xi-sheng HUANG2, De-sheng HU2、*, Zhi-yuan SHI3, and Zhi-yun LUO4
Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • 2Law School, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
  • 3Law School, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China
  • 4Law School, Inner Mongolia University of Finance and Economics, Hohhot 010070, China
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    DOI: 10.31497/zrzyxb.20201201 Cite this Article
    Sheng-kui CHENG, Xi-sheng HUANG, De-sheng HU, Zhi-yuan SHI, Zhi-yun LUO. Several issues on scientific legislation for prohibiting food waste: Some personal reflections[J]. Journal of Natural Resources, 2020, 35(12): 2821 Copy Citation Text show less


    The phenomenon of food waste has aroused great concern from the international community, and some foreign countries have regulated it by law in a comprehensive way. In China, food waste mainly occurs in the public catering industry. In the whole society, we must form a legal atmosphere of being glorious to save and shameful to waste. The occasions of food waste mainly include wedding party, "event banquet", business dinner and dinner with friends. The causes of food waste include constraints of science and technology, subjective factors of actors and inherent defects of traditional ownership system. Although there are laws concerning food waste in China, the current provisions are relatively principled and scattered, lacking systematicness and maneuverability. To regulate food waste behavior by law is the need of ensuring food security, fulfilling international obligations, saving resources, protecting ecological environment, upgrading and integrating legal norms. The food waste behavior of public legal subjects and individuals in food production, processing and consumption should be comprehensively regulated by a special law, which should be formulated by the NPC Standing Committee under the guidance of the notion of social attribute of resources and the idea of green development, through direct prohibition, tax adjustment, consumption guidance and other ways. The legal regulation should focus on food and food waste behavior.