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UN food official lauds commitment of Pope Francis, Church to ending hunger

Catholic World News - May 20, 2013

The director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has praised the commitment of Pope Francis and the Church to ending hunger.

“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. “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.”

“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 continued. “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.”

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