Pope Francis denounced consumerism and what he called the "culture of waste" of modern economies, especially when it comes to food. "Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry," he said in June on the same day the U.N. launched an anti-food waste campaign to mark World Environment Day. Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food — one-third of the world's total food production — are lost or wasted every year, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. In the U.S., 30 percent of all food is thrown away each year.
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