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China: Policy Highlights and Opportunities

Each year, approximately 27% of all food in China is either lost or wasted along the supply chain, making up approximately one-quarter of the world’s total food loss and waste. Reducing FLW is a priority in China. The recent Clean Plate Campaigns 1.0 and 2.0 focus on anti-food waste rhetoric in the culture of extravagant feasts and consumer-targeted media. The government also enacted the 2020 Anti-Food Waste Law, which launched initiatives to fight food waste.

Atlas Research: China

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Legal Guide

Learn more about the legal frameworks relevant to food donation and how China's existing laws and policies support or hinder the country's progress.

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Policy Recommendations

Dive into recommendations for policymakers based on the gaps and opportunities identified in the legal guides.

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Executive Summary

Read highlights of the research findings and our high-level recommendations.

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Policy Highlights

China research was published in March 2023.
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Tax Incentives and Barriers

Under Chinese law, businesses may deduct their charitable donations up to 12% of the annual profit from their taxable income. 

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If the charitable donation exceeds 12% of the company’s profit in a given year, the excess amount may carry over for deduction within three years.

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Donation Requirements and Food Waste Penalities

China’s Anti-Food Waste Law is a novel approach to minimizing national FLW and modulating behavior around food waste. 

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The law penalizes wasteful behavior such as misleading consumers into ordering excessive amounts of food and failing to implement food waste prevention measures.

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Policy Opportunities and Recommendations

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Food Safety for Donations

As the relevant government departments draft regulations for the Anti-Food Waste Law, they should be sure to include clear and specific guidance on which food safety provisions apply to donated food. 

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In addition, government guidance tailored to specific stakeholders will also reduce confusion around safety for food donations and instill confidence in donors and recipient organizations, thereby increasing rates of donation.

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Liability Protection for Food Donation

To ensure that food donors and recovery organizations are adequately protected against potential legal liability arising from claims of harm, China should adopt 

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legislation that protects those that act in “good faith” and adhere to relevant laws, similar to protections offered in the United States, Brazil, and Argentina.

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Government Grants and Incentives

The Anti-Food Waste Law provides several opportunities for creating grant and incentive programs. In order to maximize these opportunities, the government 

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should create grant opportunities for food donation infrastructure and implement government procurement policies that support food donation and food waste mitigation.

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