Pope Francis to UN nutrition conference: ‘We ask for dignity, not charity’

Posted by Katie Loftus
Tuesday 25, November 2014 | Category:   Doctrines & Beliefs
Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Conference on Nutrition
Pope Francis addressing the United Nations Conference on Nutrition.

Pope Francis spoke out about the problem of waste in our society during the United Nations Conference on Nutrition in November. He said that having access to an adequate amount of food is a human right and should not dictated by profits.

Pope Francis warned against the ‘paradox of plenty,’ a term Pope John Paul II used during the first conference on nutrition in 1992. This paradox, in which there is enough food for all, but not all get to eat, remains true today, according to Pope Francis.

He urged people to work against waste and the commercialization of food, saying, “It is painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by 'market priorities,' the 'primacy of profit,' which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation.”

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