If you waste food, you rob the Poor..Pope Francis

7 06 2013

Pope Francis: If you waste food, you are stealing from the Poor

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced what he called a “culture of waste” in an increasingly consumerist world and said throwing away good food was like stealing from poor people.

“Our grandparents used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food. Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value,” Francis said at his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square.

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry,” he said.

Since taking office in March, Pope Francis has said he wants the 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church to defend the poor and to practise greater austerity itself. He has also made several calls for global financial reform.

Around 1.3bn tonnes of food, or one-third of what is produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted every year, according to the United Nations’ food agency.

In the industrialised world the majority of waste is by consumers, often because they buy too much and have to throw away what they do not manage to eat.

A UN-backed study released on Wednesday said simple measures such as better storage and reducing over-sized portions would sharply reduce the vast amount of food going to waste.

In US restaurants, diners wasted 9% of the meals they bought, partly because of a trend to increase the size of everything from cheeseburgers to soft drinks, said the report by the World Resources Institute and the UN Environment Programme.

Francis said the “culture of waste” was especially deplorable given the prevalence of hunger in the world. The United Nations says hunger affects some 870 million people, while 2 billion suffer from at least one nutritional deficiency.

The Argentinian-born pontiff warned that too much focus on money and materialism meant financial market dips were viewed as tragedies while human suffering had become normal and ignored.

“In this way people are discarded as if they were garbage,” he said



6 responses

11 10 2014
Olivia Gonzales

Even if you eat every morsel on your plate, you wouldnt save the hungry. Lets say the first world consumers do not throw away food, that still wouldnt save the hungry, unless you tell them to give money to the poor so the poor can buy their food. In that case, are you going to work just so you can feed all the hungry people? Instead of blaming the consumers, Pope should have offered a way how to teach the hungry – AGRICULTURE. The truth is most of the food here are manufactured, not real food… YOGURT, CHIPS, Chemical juices, etc.

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