The Communist Party of China implemented a law Thursday extensively regulating how much food each citizen in the country can eat, requiring restaurants to fine individuals if they leave too many leftovers and banning social media videos showing people binge eating. Chinese lawmakers first proposed the law in December, after floods devastated 27 of the nation's 31 provinces and threatened the integrity of the Communist Party's proudest infrastructure project, the Three Gorges Dam. The law followed the debut of dictator Xi Jinping's "Clean Plate campaign," meant to encourage Chinese people not to waste food and be mindful to eat only what the regime deems necessary. At the time of initial reports surrounding the food limitation laws, speculation around the world erupted that the Communist Party had reason to be concerned China would soon run out of enough food to feed its population. Beijing has since secured record purchases of food imports like corn from the United States, adding to concerns about shortages. The Party has nonetheless insisted no such food shortage is on the horizon and the law micromanaging every citizens' individual meals has no connection to evidence the nation cannot grow enough food to sustain its population. The law,… Read full this story
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