Pope: Wasting Food Is Like Stealing From The Poor

    June 5, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Pope Francis is taking on the gluttony of today’s consumerism, saying that far too many resources are being wasted.

“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry,” he said today during his weekly address. “Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value.”

Since 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted around the world every year, it’s not a new problem. But it is one that can be easily solved, and the United Nations has launched an anti-food waste campaign in an effort to spread the word and get everyone to see how much they can do just by changing a few simple things.

“This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition,” the Pope said.

Pope Francis has only held his title since March, but he has already taken on a platform of defending the poor and financial reform.

  • roy m upton

    render unto caesar etc. we have been given dominion over the resources of the earth. the average catholic fills the collection plate, is taxed to provide food programs for the poor and contributes to a host of charities.if i cannot finish my portion of lasagna i see no reason or way to get the leftover portion to the poor.
    francis [the talking mule?} is merely having another obama moment.!!

    • Shary

      Agreed. There is large-scale food waste that really could benefit the poor, and then there is the broccoli you left on your plate because you were too full to finish it. The two elements have nothing in common. It reminds me of my mother telling me many years ago to finish my plate because the children were starving in China. I didn’t see the connection then, and I don’t see it now.

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    Glad to the the Pope is taking action on such a huge issue.