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Pope Francis says wasting food is like stealing from the poor
By Josephine McKenna in Rome - 8:20PM BST 05 Jun 2013

“Human ecology and environmental ecology walk hand in hand”, he said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/the-pope/10101375/Pope-Francis-says-wasting-food-is-like-stealing-from-the-poor.html

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 Pope’s 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 today’s 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.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/05/23/un_food_official_lauds_commitment_of_pope_francis,_church_to_endin/in2-694984

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1 posted on 06/06/2013 4:52:09 PM PDT by haffast
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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.


2 posted on 06/06/2013 4:55:53 PM PDT by yarddog (uit.)
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God bless the Pope, but this is naive thinking.

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.

3 posted on 06/06/2013 4:58:27 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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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.

4 posted on 06/06/2013 4:58:53 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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Government taxes is stealing form all!


6 posted on 06/06/2013 5:05:15 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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The Pope is wrong on this one.
Obese people waste more food than anyone else, It is obviously wasteful to eat more than what your body needs.
Also? Someone raised or grew or processed or transported or sold that food. Food production employs millions of people.

Hunger is caused by stupid economic policies, not by capitalism. Capitalists want more customers. Communists want more slaves.

8 posted on 06/06/2013 5:06:20 PM PDT by Kansas58
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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.

Ethiopa?

Cuba?

Uhmmmm, China?

Yep. We don’t just kill tyrants, we make the world better, fatter and more angry for all the good we do.


9 posted on 06/06/2013 5:07:47 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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“There are starving children in India! Now eat your broccoli.”


10 posted on 06/06/2013 5:08:14 PM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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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.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 5:10:03 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (t ask the BIG question,)
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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.


13 posted on 06/06/2013 5:10:51 PM PDT by aquila48
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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”


14 posted on 06/06/2013 5:11:29 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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The best way to help the poor...is to not become one of them. - Reverend Ike


15 posted on 06/06/2013 5:24:32 PM PDT by PGalt
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I agree with him. And my mother used to say the same thing.


16 posted on 06/06/2013 5:26:02 PM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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He had depression era parents.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 5:27:47 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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Talk to the school breakfast, lunch and some dinner providers. Heard kids love the food so much they throw it away. In the meantime, government officials are telling us that the children are hungry. Must be why so much obesity in the U.S.
19 posted on 06/06/2013 5:34:01 PM PDT by Bronzy
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Bless his heart.


20 posted on 06/06/2013 5:36:46 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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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.


21 posted on 06/06/2013 5:42:03 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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http://www.metacafe.com/watch/sy-336010670/weird_al_yankovic_eat_it_official_music_video/


23 posted on 06/06/2013 5:54:31 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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More marxism in nifty robes with cool hats.


25 posted on 06/06/2013 5:59:25 PM PDT by NVDave
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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.


29 posted on 06/06/2013 6:14:10 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor

My Mom said the same thing and she was Presbyterian.

30 posted on 06/06/2013 6:15:11 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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