Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Pope blasts consumerism, bemoans food waste again


Vatican City, June 7 - Pope Francis blasted the
modern consumer culture via Twitter on Friday and bemoaned the
obscene amount of food that is wasted when hundreds of million
do not have enough to eat.
"Consumerism has accustomed us to waste," Francis said via
the @Pontifex account. "But throwing food away is like stealing
it from the poor and hungry".
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says
that roughly one third of the food produced in the world for
human consumption every year - approximately 1.3 billion tonnes
- gets lost or wasted.
The FAO says that if just one-fourth of the food currently
lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to
feed the world's 870 million hungry people.
The Argentine pope has made calling for greater respect to
the environment a recurrent theme of his papacy, as did his
predecessor Benedict XVI.
Francis links the issue to another of his central concerns,
the need to combat poverty and hunger, which he sees as a result
of the misplaced values of a modern world too preoccupied with
money and power and not sufficiently devoted to solidarity.
"If on a winter's night, here nearby in Via Ottaviano, for
example, a person dies, that is not news," the pope said at his
general audience on Wednesday.
"If in so many parts of the world there are children who
have nothing to eat, that's not news, it seems normal.
"It cannot be this way. Yet these things become the norm:
that some homeless people die of cold on the streets is not
"In contrast, a 10-point drop on the stock markets of some
cities, is a tragedy.
"A person dying is not news, but if the stock markets drop
10 points it is a tragedy. Thus people are disposed of, as if
they were trash".
Friday's tweet echoed the comments about food waste that he
made at his general audience, which coincided with World
Environment Day.
"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," Francis said.
"Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away
any leftover food.
"Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and
daily waste of food, to which, at times, we are no longer able
to give a just value, which goes well beyond mere economic
"We should all remember, however, that the food we throw
away is as if stolen from the table of the poor, the hungry".

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