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Monday, April 10, 2006

Wuhan food waste seen

STUDENTS throw away about 1 million yuan (US$124,814) worth of food a year at a university in Wuhan, Hubei Province, a waste survey team found. The team cited bad mood, unfavorable taste and poor food quality as the major reasons for dumping the food, the China Youth Daily reported. In a poor village in Yangxin County, where the annual percapita income is about 1,200 yuan, residents feed mainly on sweet potatoes. The team, made up of 15 students at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology in the provincial capital, conducted the survey in March. On the first floor of the university's Nanyuan canteen, about 1,000 yuan worth of food was dumped every day. Each day, the floor sold 10,000 yuan worth of food. The team found one female student who bought three dishes and some rice. But she ate only a small portion and dumped the rest. Waste seems to be such a fashion at the canteen that some needy students intentionally left over some food because they were afraid of attracting jeers from peers, according to the report. Technorati Tags: , ,

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