Change in lifestyles needed to end world hunger, Pope tells FAO

Change in lifestyles needed to end world hunger, Pope tells FAO

Catholic World News – October 16, 2017

In an October 16 address at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Pope Francis said that a commitment to change our ways of life is the key to ending the problem of world hunger.

“We are called to propose a change in lifestyles, in the use of resources, in production criteria, including consumption that, with regard to food, involves growing losses and wastes,” the Pope said.

The Pontiff traveled to the FAO headquarters for the observance of World Food Day. Greeted by the director general, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, the Pope took part in a brief ceremony in which he presented the FAO with a sculpture, depicting the body of a young Syrian refugee that was washed ashore.

In his address to the group, the Pope said that the continued existence of hunger is an affront to the world. Given the resources that are available, he said, “the credibility of the entire international system is at stake.” He regretted that “partial commitments” by the world’s powerful nations make food available only in cases of emergencies, and that daily deaths by starvation are “being met with indifference.”

There are two main causes of hunger, the Pope continued: war and climate change. Regarding war, the Pope insisted that armed conflicts can be stopped. “International law gives us the means to prevent them or to resolve them quickly,” he said. Later he added: “The efforts of diplomacy have shown us, also in recent times, that it is possible to stop the recourse to the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Regarding climate change, the Pope lamented the “re-emergence of the nonchalance toward the delicate balances of ecosystems, the presumption of being able to manipulate and control the planet’s limited resources, and greed for profit.” He called for “a concret and active consensus” to overcome these attitudes.

Source: Visit of the Holy Father Francis to the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome for World Food Day (Vatican press office)

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2 comments on “Change in lifestyles needed to end world hunger, Pope tells FAO

  1. [Overlooked in Catholic World News’ report]

    Google translation

    Pope Condemns Neo-Malthusianism at FAO Headquarters

    October 16, 2017

    In his speech on World Food Day, Francisco has called the option of those who pretend to “reduce the number of mouths to feed” as a “false solution”.

    On Monday 16 October, Pope Francis visited the headquarters of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome on the occasion of World Food Day.

    On arrival, the Pope was received by the Director General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, and by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Organizations and Agencies for Food and Agriculture (FAO, IFAD , PMA), Fernando Chica Arellano.

    In the address given during the opening of the meeting, the Holy Father has defended that, faced with the increase in demand for food, “the fruits of the earth must be available to all.”

    In his message at FAO headquarters, Francisco has criticized the anti-natalist mentality and neo-Malthusian position: “For some, it would suffice to reduce the number of mouths to feed and thus solve the problem; but this is a false solution.”

    “Reducing is easy, sharing, on the other hand, implies a conversion, and this is demanding”, added the Pope, who has raised the introduction in the language of international cooperation the category of love. The pontiff has called on diplomacy and multilateral institutions to nurture and organize this capacity to love, “because it is the master way that guarantees not only food security, but human security in its global aspect.”

    “To love means helping each country to increase production and achieve food self-sufficiency. To love is translated into thinking about new patterns of development and consumption, and adopting policies that do not worsen the situation of the less advanced populations or their external dependence. To love means not to continue dividing the human family between those who enjoy the superfluous and those who lack what is necessary.”

  2. This is one of the oldest and biggest crocks of crap ever perpetrated. The problem isn’t that there’s a lack of food, or a lack of sharing. It’s that famine in the last half century or more has been a political problem. Countless tons of food donated by good-hearted folk and intended for starving unfortunates have been diverted and sold, or simply withheld, because the people in charge of the territory WANT the unfortunates to starve. Me not eating a cheeseburger isn’t going to do Billy Flip-All to feed one Sudanese child. And even if I were to FedEx Overnight Express the gut-bomb directly to his hut in Bahr el Ghazal, it’s more likely than not that it would end up in the belly of some some local warlord. This may be the dumbest Pope in modern history. May his reign be short.

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