Pope Francis calls for less indifference on World Food Day
World must be less wasteful, says pope16 October, 16:31
In a message to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Francis said that about one-third of the world's food production is wasted, adding "we need to modify our lifestyles including our eating habits".
"This waste of food is one of the results of our throwaway culture that often leads to the sacrifice of men and women before the idols of profit and consumerism".
He decried the "sad sign of a globalization of indifference that is slowly making us get used to the suffering of others as though it were a normal thing".
The pope's message came one day after social-justice group ActionAid reported that one in 10 Italians has suffered from hunger and as many as 3.7 million required food aid last year.
The issue of fighting hunger has also been given a higher profile in Italy with the upcoming Milan Expo 2015 with its theme: 'Feeding the Planet - Energy for Life'.
Countries from around the world are already creating exhibitions to demonstrate how science and technology can be applied to increase the world's food supplies and improve distribution.