Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Pope decries 'scandal' of hunger in world of abundant food


Vatican City, June 20 - Pope Francis on Thursday
said it was scandalous that around 870 million people suffer
hunger when the world produces more than enough food to feed
The Argentine pontiff also chided the international
community to failing to live up to its promises in the battle
against undernourishment.
"It is widely known that the current level of food
production is sufficient and yet there are millions of people
who suffer hunger," Francis told a delegation of officials
taking part in the 38th Conference of the Rome-based United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
"So it is necessary to find ways to make it possible for
everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, not just to
prevent the gap widening between those who have and those who
have to make to with crumbs, but also, above all, to meet a
demand for justice and equality and respect for every human
Francis added that "more can and must done to invigorate
international efforts for the poor", bemoaning "promises that
have often never been kept".
He also blamed traders in food communities for exacerbating
the hunger situation with "financial speculation" that
conditioned food prices and led to people being treated as

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