Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

One of the world's most solvable problems

Calling hunger "one of the world's most solvable problems," the Vatican's representative to the United Nations said that it is "a shame that so many of the poor people in the world continue to find themselves helpless victims of chronic hunger." Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke to a U.N. General Assembly meeting on sustainable development goals.

He also described world hunger and malnutrition as "all the more egregious when we grasp the reality that malnutrition remains the world's biggest health risk -- claiming more victims each year than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined."

The archbishop called the lack of access to adequate food and nutrition "a moral and humanitarian crisis exacerbated by manmade policies and practices" such as failing to provide access to markets for producers in developing countries, diverting food resources from consumption to energy production, waste of food resources and armed conflicts.

"In face of the world's hungry, the grotesque spectacle of foodstuffs being forcibly destroyed in order to preserve higher market prices for producers, primarily in developed countries, constitutes a reprehensible practice which prioritizes economic profit over the needs of those starving,"

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