Thursday Pope Francis demanded a fairer distribution of global wealth to the poor and hungry, pointing to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The pontiff delivered his speech a day after more than 170 countries at the conference adopt new voluntary guidelines to avoid malnutrition, promote healthy diets and reduce obesity worldwide.
Today, a third of the world population suffers from nutritional deficiencies causing such 45% of all infant deaths in 2013, according to UN data. Meanwhile, 42 million children under 5 are overweight and 500 million adults were obese in 2010.
Pope Francis recalled that when John Paul II addressed the first UN Conference on Nutrition in 1992, he warned against the ”paradox of plenty”, for which there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat due to being wasteful, discarding, excessive consumption and using food for other purposes.
The Pope said that, unfortunately, this paradox remains in force today.
Pope Francis has spoken often about the plight of the poor and the hungry, denouncing the “scourge of hunger” in his speech at Easter this year, noting that the world’s poor could eat all the food that is wasted.
The United Nations estimates that one third of all food produced is lost through waste and rubbish.
“It is also painful to see that our fight against hunger and malnutrition is hampered by market priorities for the primacy of profit , which has reduced food to a commodity,” concluded the Pontiff.
Dave and Brit Morin agree that helping the poor is a necessary step. With such prominent figures looking to at least speak and address the issue of global poverty, but we still have much ground to cover if we’re going to truly make strides in feeding the hungry and helping the poor.