Pope Thinks You're Stealing, Basically
'Throwing away food is stealing from... those who are poor and hungry'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, June 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – If you've ever thrown out good food, Pope Francis says you're a thief. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry," he said during an audience at the Vatican this week, in which he blamed a "culture of waste." He's got a point, since one study says as much as half the planet's food ends up in the trash. The United Nations' food agency has a more reserved figure, noting that one-third of human food is wasted, according to Reuters.

Since becoming pope, Francis has made defending the poor a priority, calling for global financial reform, but yesterday he said people are "insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food," according to the Telegraph. "[It's] even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition... In this way people are discarded as if they were garbage."