Wasting food is like stealing from the poor, says pope
ROME – Pope Francis denounces what he calls a “culture of waste” in an increasingly consumerist world: “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.”
Around 1.43 billion tons of food, or one third of what is produced for human consumption, gets lost or wasted every year. In the industrialized 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. Better storage and reducing over-sized portions would sharply reduce the vast amount of food going to waste.
Francis said the “culture of waste” is especially deplorable given the prevalence of hunger in the world. Hunger affects some 870 million people, while 2 billion suffer from at least one nutritional deficiency.
The 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 says.
Who can argue with that?