On This Day

Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Catholic newspaper, The Tablet
Friday, 7 June, 2013
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

If a butterfly can set off a tornado, just imagine what your discarded apple core can do! Then add in all the discarded waste food from everyone around the world. No wonder we’ve been having funny weather for the last few years.

But it’s not just the weather that’s affected by food waste. Think of all the starving children in Africa who wouldn’t be starving if only they had food. Makes you think, eh?

The solution to all this has been provided by Pope Frankie, who took over recently from Pope Benny. Pope Frankie says we shouldn’t waste food. So there, that’s the solution. By not wasting food, food that would’ve been wasted can be giving to starving children in Africa, who therefore won’t starve.

Then there are the people who eat too much and become big, fat and lazy. They’re just as bad as the people who throw food away. If they didn’t eat so much then there would be more spare food for starving children in Africa.

Tomorrow, thousands of Christians will gather in Hyde Park to protest at all the food wastage. We’ll be demanding that less food gets wasted. Our solution to less food wastage is to waste less food, thus providing more food for all the starving children in Africa.

Christianity’s like that. It doesn’t just point to problems and say, “Oh, what a terrible problem.” It produces sensible, practical solutions, like having Jesus magic up food out of nowhere but just choosing not to do it right now.