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Safeguard creation, Pope urges farmers

February 02, 2015

Pope Francis received the leaders of the Italian National Confederation of Farmers in audience on January 31 and paid tribute to the “true vocation” of farming.

“There is no humanity without cultivation of the earth,” he said, as he lamented the widespread phenomenon of hunger amid a culture of waste. “The system of the production and distribution of food must be reconsidered in depth.”

Citing the Book of Genesis, Pope Francis said that man is called to preserve the earth for future generations. He stated that “climate stability is at risk,” lamented pollution, and called upon nations to take “timely action.”

The Pope, citing St. Francis, invited farmers to “to regain the love of the earth as ‘mother’” and to safeguard the earth, rather than exploit it, so that it may be a “source of life for the entire human family.”


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  • Posted by: shrink - Feb. 02, 2015 12:55 PM ET USA

    World hunger has declined dramatically over the last 50 years. Two causes are free markets and agricultural science. The recent global worming hysteria has started a real problem however, and this problem is biofuels. Biofuel burns food, rather than petroleum or corn. It is very inefficient, and it drives up the price of corn. Radical environmentalism as usual creates problems through government over-reach.