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Posted on 06/06/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT by haffast
VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- At his weekly address in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Pope Francis attacked the "culture of waste" and said wasting food is like stealing from the poor.
"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," the pope said. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry."
The pope dedicated his audience, which attracted thousands of pilgrims from around the world, to the U.N. World Environment Day, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The pope and the U.S. government might be on the same page when it comes to food waste. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday the U.S. Food Waste Challenge calling on others across the food chain -- including producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and other government agencies -- to reduce, recover and recycle food waste.
"Food waste is the single largest type of waste entering our landfills -- Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food," Perciasepe said in a statement. "Addressing this issue not only helps with combating hunger and saving money, but also with combating climate change: food in landfills decomposes to create potent greenhouse gases."
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Human ecology and environmental ecology walk hand in hand, he said.
UN food official lauds commitment of Pope Francis, Church to ending hunger
Vatican Radio website - Justice and Peace - 2013-05-23 17:18:22
"(May 23, 2013) The commitment of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to ending hunger, has been praised by the director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO. On a scale of 1 to 10, the Popes interest in eradicating hunger is at 11, José Graziano da Silva said in an interview on Monday, adding that this is not only an economic topic but also one of a moral nature.
Criticizing the combination we have today, of producing too much, and at the same time wasting, Graziano added that we throw away or waste too much food, almost one third of the world production. This is putting an almost unsustainable pressure on the environment. We cannot follow this sort of model, he said. What is left over in a European restaurant today, those leftovers in todays Europe in crisis, would enable 200 million more people to be fed, he said. To reconvert production and consumption is also part of the work of the Catholic Church, and we have agreed that we must give priority to the topic of poverty and hunger, he added.
White courtesy phone for Mayor Bloomberg.
I am not sure where I got it, but I have always hated the idea of wasting food. Whenever I see a movie and they show a food fight and clearly think it is cool, it just disgusts me.
Actually I don’t like wasting anything but food particularly.
Hunger and starvation exist in the world not because of a lack of generosity, but because there are political and religious organizations who steal food meant for the poor...and usually these organizations are usually islamic and usually located in Africa.
Merely returning to the atmosphere the greenhouse gases that were taken from the atmosphere in the process of growing said food.
“I am not sure where I got it, but I have always hated the idea of wasting food”
Me eithr. But I think it comes from being the child of parents who grew up in the depression, then had six kids and we were taught to waste nothing.
Government taxes is stealing form all!
That pretty much describes my family too.
I do disagree with the Pope that it is like stealing from the poor.
Hunger is caused by stupid economic policies, not by capitalism. Capitalists want more customers. Communists want more slaves.
Not in Amerika it’s not.
I thank God we live in such a bountiful society that we can eat all that we can and push food away after realizing we’ve had too much or put too much on the plate.
Additionally, it’s not possible to keep up with the production an American Woman puts out in the kitchen.
Sohhhh, Life Happens Mr. Pope.
Don’t worry, we’ll keep on feeding the rest of the world, while they continue to envy us.
Thing is, if we cut off the food to a place like...say...Egypt, it’s over.
They have no ability to feed all their people without our help and riots would ensue in about a week.
They are on the “Just in Time” program. That is, we deliver enough food to their ports each week, just in time to replenish the previous weeks consumption, or maybe they threw it away, I don’t know.
Doesn’t seem like they can afford to waste food.
Yep. We don’t just kill tyrants, we make the world better, fatter and more angry for all the good we do.
“There are starving children in India! Now eat your broccoli.”
He’s channeling my grandmother.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.
I don’t like wasting food, (or anything else), but to equate that to “stealing from the poor” is moronic.
I’m not at all fond of this pope’s “social justice” philosophy. Maybe he ought to have a talk with Lech Walesa.
BTW, Mr. Pope:
You sound awful resonance to another socialist proposing that meat should be a treat. Yep, I read that earlier this week from airhead in England I believe.
Seems his big idea is that Americans and Eurwhup should get use to this sort of thinking as the rest of world doesn’t have access to meat, not even anywhere near what we consume.
Bugs me, really. Oh, they get their protein from bugs. They don’t seem to mind either. Heck, I ate crickets in Mexico and the people of Chiapas eat quite a few themselves.
So, in ending, your idea sounds, well, socialist to me.
“Ave nice Day”
The best way to help the poor...is to not become one of them. - Reverend Ike
I agree with him. And my mother used to say the same thing.
Doesnt seem like they can afford to waste food.
The last time Israel pulled back out of Gaza, they left many greenhouses filled with food crops. The “Palistinians” destroyed them. Then they bitched about not having anything to eat.
He had depression era parents.
Bless his heart.
None of my family members are overweight, and I doubt that anyone in my family wastes enough food for even a small meal in the course of a week (or two). “Stealing from the poor” is a little harsh, but buying excess and then wasting that food increases demand, which does reduce what the very poor can afford to buy.
In a free market, the increased demand would lead to more of a commodity being produced as suppliers competed to meet the demand.
Hunger in the modern world is the result of the political decisions made in the areas where it is a problem. It is not a supply/demand problem and it has no relation to the waste of food in prosperous societies--that is just silly.
I was brought up by parents who were children of the Depression and WW2 rationing, and my grandparents had been outright poor when they were children, so I grew up with the “don’t waste food” adage drummed into me.
As an adult I decided it was even worse to treat my body as a garbage can, to make myself consume what I didn’t want and what would only make me fat rather than throwing it away. I don’t push the “don’t waste food” on my children either if they don’t want to finish - rather I encourage them to take a smaller portion to start with and then take more if they are still hungry.
More marxism in nifty robes with cool hats.
Kinduh like living in Oakland, CA and complaining about the deplorable conditions and delapitated buildings...and abandoned homes.
You made your bed and don’t groom your dog. Wuhdjuh Spect?
But it will be more produced at a greater price as less efficient croplands or methods are brought into use.
food in landfills decomposes to create potent greenhouse gases.”
Merely returning to the atmosphere the greenhouse gases that were taken from the atmosphere in the process of growing said food.
Often, eating food results in potent “greenhouse gases.”
In this case, the Pope is in error. Starvation in the entire world has, for decades, not been because of a shortage of food, or an unwillingness to deliver it to those in need; but of local tyrants who strive to *prevent* that food from getting to people he despises and wants to starve. Even most wars no longer block the flow of food.
Both America and Europe stockpile thousands of tons of food each year that rots. They do this so many farmers are not ruined by bumper harvests. America, for one, has spent a fortune to develop seeds grains that can grown in much of the world. We give that grain away for free, “to teach men to fish”.
America still has such a surplus of food that it wastes vast amounts of corn to make ethanol. Just using gasoline would save enough corn to feed entire nations. But would ruin their farmers.
And you, as a person, could eat every bite of food you need, not wasting any, and it would feed nobody but you.
My Mom said the same thing and she was Presbyterian.
Has he actually TRIED to give away excess food? (And not from a position of such great influence.) Not like you just put it in a box addressed to “Poor, India” and mail it off.
I’ve come into a regular supply of unwanted bread on a weekly basis. I mean cubic yards of bread. Figuring out what to do with it was a major problem. “Well, just donate it to a charity.” Easy for whoever to say. Hard to actually do: find a recipient willing to take perishable food in non-sealed containers within a sane distance and able to receive, process, and distribute so most of it is consumed before it goes bad (2-5 days). Took months to find a suitable charity. And that’s not addressing the logistics of the charity getting huge piles of food distributed.
We’re all blessed with enough food that so much is wasted. Waste isn’t the problem. Getting food to the poor, often with active opposition, is.
I’ve beeb gone from FR a long time.
What has happened to the intelligence level?
Come on someone, ‘ethanol’ is the hint word to get the pot stirred!
Man, I turn around and everything goes downhill.
I hate wasting food but what about those expiration dates they keep stamping on the food packaging? How can anybody eat food that is past it's expiration date? Even if it doesn't look spoiled, you just get a funny feeling eating it and if you think too hard, you get the urge to throw up.
Sometimes I go through my refrigerator and cabinets with a large garbage back, throwing away all food items that are past (or even close to) an expiration date. For example, I throw out some soup cans recently that had an expiration date of July 2014. Now cans are supposed to last for years and years so if the expiration date is only a year away, how long do you figure those cans were sitting around doing nothing? My stomach turns just thinking about opening that can up.
I am definitely an expiration date paranoid. Once I threw out bottled water because it was close to its expiration date. Bottled water? I never knew that stuff even expired. But I wasn't taking any chances. If I'm going to keep bottled water around the house, I'm going to make sure it's fresh.
I once worked at a large retreat which fed upwards of 4000 people at one time tho I think it has shrunk to a maximum of maybe 1500 now.
Any food which had not been placed on the serving line was donated to a local shelter. The shelter picked it up every evening.
All other food including the scraping off plates was taken by a hog farmer. I actually knew him from many years prior. He was required to re-cook it all but it didn’t go to waste.
What are your thoughts on contraception?
No disrespect to the Pope, but most food waste in America is due to government interference and excessive regulations, not to consumerism at all. From waste cans full of “free lunch” food at schools, to roll-offs full of food that is perfectly good, but has fallen awry of some ridiculous rule or regulation, most food waste is due to this. I have worked in food banks and food kitchens, and this is where the waste comes from.
Kind of the agricultural equivalent of the ridiculous notion known as "peak oil"?
Lets see... Something that never belonged to someone is “stolen” from them if the actual owner of that something doesn’t make “good” use of it...
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”
Welcome to Marxism.
Contraception leads to to the breakdown of the family, renting sexuality from the commitment of marriage. It makes it possible for men to use women as receptacles, coarsening them to the nature of women and blinding them to God's plan for them. It deceives women into denying their feminine nature, leading them into serial heartache and psychic destruction.
What do I think of contraception? Look at change in the way men and women relate to each other since it was invented.
Or were you asking how it relates to throwing away food? Because I never thought of the two concepts as related. If you have any ideas about that, please share them.
Sorry to be out of left field.
Thanks for satisfying my curiousity. I read what you had to say and I found your reasoning interesting.
Thank you for your time.
And mothers everywhere!