Bishop: Wasting food is a ‘serious sin’

Bishop: Wasting food is a ‘serious sin’

By CBCP News

September 3, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has joined his voice to the campaign against food waste, calling it “morally wrong and a serious sin”.

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said that wasting food is unacceptable, especially in a poor country like the Philippines.

“It’s absurd to even think about the amount of food that goes to waste in a country where so many people go hungry,” he said.

According to data provided by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of food produced is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year.

In the Philippines, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute reported that a Filipino household wastes 43 grams fo rice daily, as well as 8 grams of other food items, such as fish, meat and vegetables.

The World Hunger Report 2018 also showed that about 13.3 million Filipinos are considered food-insecure.

For this reason, the prelate is supporting efforts to promote solidarity with people in need.

His words came after a lawmaker filed the proposed “Zero Hunger Act” before the House of Representatives.

Among the provisions of the measure include mobilizing food establishments to donate surplus food to chosen charities and non-profit organizations.

“It is easy to address the typical concern of people in food business about being held liable in case the food that they donate gets spoiled in transit or due to improper handling,” David added.

“That’s precisely where the charitable organizations come in, to assume responsibility for what is donated,” he also said.

In several occasions, Pope Francis had also denounced the “nasty habit” of food waste, saying that throwing away food means throwing people away.

“It is scandalous today not to notice how precious food is as a good, and how so much good ends up so badly,” he said. CBCPNEWS