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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 25 July 2021

The gospel for today tells of the feeding of a large crowd with just a few barley loaves and a few fish.

It’s a familiar story but there’s a line in it that might get overlooked because of the miracle of the event.

Jesus directs the apostles to gather up what is left over – “so that nothing gets wasted” .

If you look up estimates of food wastage in Australia/around the world, will you find it scandalous that so much is thrown out?

Has Covid taught us to be more measured in our use of material things?

In recent years there has been an increased awareness of food wastage and a number of initiatives have been taken to ensure that food gets used and not thrown out, but the problem is still huge.

From a range of articles the following information can be gleaned:

  • One third of the world’s food is wasted.
  • Globally, more than 870 million people are chronically undernourished yet 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food is wasted each year.
  • 25% of water used in agriculture is used to grow food that is ultimately wasted – throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower.
  • Food waste produces eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste was a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind the USA and China.

Food wasted is a combination of food that never leaves the farm, food that is lost during transport or processing, or food that is wasted from the hospitality sector and from households. Whichever it is, it has significant economic and environmental impact.

Food waste is also a major problem in Australia:

  • Each year we waste around 7.3 million tonnes of food – this wastage equals about 300kg per person or one in five bags of groceries.
  • Food waste accounts for more than five per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Food waste costs the economy around $20 billion each year.

Do you wonder, with me, what Jesus would feel about this level of food waste?

And what about the food that is the Eucharist?

Is the throwaway attitude, that allows food to be wasted, the same attitude that is brought to the gift of the Body and Blood of the Lord?

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Here are links to some sources of information:

Food Waste Facts | Foodbank Victoria

https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/food-waste

Food waste: a growing Australian problem (australianethical.com.au)

Australia’s Food Waste Progress Has Been Massively Derailed by COVID-19 (globalcitizen.org)

 

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