March 8, 2014
Pope Francis decries 'scandal' of hunger and malnutrition on World Food Day
Marking the World Food Day, Pope Francis rose his voice today against what he called the “scandal” of hunger and malnutrition questioning also “consumerism, waste and squandering of food.” The pontiff’s message was sent to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief José Graziano da Silva.
“One of the most serious challenges for mankind is the tragic condition in which millions of starving and malnourished people, among them many children, live,” the first Latin American pope in history stressed and called societies to “face together” this problem in order to reach a “fair and lasting” solution so that people "are not obliged to leaver their countries and their own cultural environment as a result of the lack of vital means of subsistence.”
Renewing his anti-consumerism position that is showing his efforts to renew the Catholic Church, the ex Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio referred to the “paradox of globalization” showing both people’s needs and “the increase of individualism.” In that sense, Francis questioned the “indifference” of people and states over those who are “starving or suffers from malnutrition.”
“Hunger and malnutrition can never be considered normal, something that we must get used to, as if was part of the system. Something must change in ourselves, in our minds, in our societies,” the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics affirmed in his message and called to “teach solidarity,” a value that must become the “fundamental attitude in the political, economical and financial arena, in relations between people and nations.”
Facing FAO’s recent data that say that 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away annually, Pope Francis considered a must to change current “ways of life” that are “marked by consumerism, waste and squandering of food.”