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Food thrown out could feed the world, says pope

Humanity cannot afford so much waste, says Francis

20 December, 14:30
Food thrown out could feed the world, says pope (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 20 - The amount of waste food thrown into the trash could feed all the hungry people in the world, Pope Francis said Friday.

In a brief video message sent to the "cartoneros", a collection of people who sort through garbage to find recyclables in the pope's homeland of Argentina, Francis said the world cannot afford to continue to waste.

"We are living in a throwaway culture, where we easily toss away not only things, but people," Pope Francis said. He added that the food which is discarded could "feed all the hungry people of the world".

He filmed the message on December 5, when meeting with leaders of the Argentina-based "Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos" (Excluded Workers Movement), and was released earlier this week at a meeting of the "Federación de Cartoneros y Recicladores".