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Cardinal Tagle tells FAO: small-scale distribution systems can curb food loss

May 31, 2016

In an address to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila said that "food loss"-- the waste of food that never reaches consumers-- is "the consequence of food systems not centered around the human person, but rather around the market."

Decrying the vast amount of food that is harvested but never eaten, Cardinal Tagle said that there is a need for "a new way to frame the problem," and suggested that world leaders could learn from the experiences of Catholic charities. The Filipino cardinal, who is the president of the international Caritas consortium, mentioned how Caritas affiliates have worked with groups of small-scale farmers to set up more efficient distribution systems. 


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