Originally posted by @metal-brain
Making people pay for wasted food is a city thing. It could never be enforced in rural areas. I feed my leftover food to my chickens. Nobody is going to inspect a compost pile in the country. Nobody is going to make me pay for food I throw away. My chickens recycle it into eggs anyway.
Can't they just produce more food or import? I thought they were the 9th largest economy in the world.
I honestly think that it is just an ambitious effort to make more money, for one.
It is also noteworthy, though, that there are plenty of regulations on the importation of cheap food that makes it so that Korean rice, meat, etc., is supported.
All sorts of tariffs function to keep the Korean agricultural market alive and give more opportunities to the farmers to have a better lifestyle and make some money.
So, my guess is that animal feed is a bit more expensive than it is in other parts of the world.
Thus, there is some amount of profitability in this.