Vatican City, Oct 16, 2019 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis voiced his concerns about the world's approach to food, and called for a global attitude of virtue towards nutrition in his World Food Day message to the UN Food & Agriculture Organization on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The theme of this year's World Food Day is "Our Actions Are Our Future. Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World," which Pope Francis said he hoped would serve as a reminder that throughout the world, people are not eating in a healthy manner.
"It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it, and that in some areas of the world food is wasted, discarded and consumed in excess, or destined for other purposes than nutrition," the pope said in a message sent to the Director General of the UNFAO, Mr. Qu Dongyu, on Oct. 16.
Francis said that while steps have been taken to help solve the issues of malnutrition and hunger, the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has not yet been fully implemented worldwide.