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Pope demands just distribution of food

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Pope Francis walks with FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva as he arrives for a session of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) second International Conference on Nutrition, in Rome, yesterday.


Pope Francis has demanded a more just distribution of the world's bounty for the poor and hungry, telling a United Nations (UN) conference on nutrition that access to food is a basic human right that shouldn't be subject to market speculation and quests for profit.

In a speech yesterday at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Francis said: "We ask for dignity, not for charity."

Francis recalled that, when St John Paul II addressed the first UN conference on nutrition in 1992, he warned against the risk of the 'paradox of plenty', in which there is food for everyone, but not everyone can eat, while waste, excessive consumption and the use of food for other purposes are visible before our very eyes."

Unfortunately, Francis said, that paradox remains today.