Friday, December 20, 2013

Do government health regulations cause hunger?

On December 5th Pope Francis had a private audience with leaders of  “Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos” (Excluded Workers Movement) of Argentina where he said: 

 “We are living in a throwaway culture where we easily leave over things, but people as well,” the Pope said.
“You recycle and with this, two things are produced: an ecological work, which is necessary, and on the other hand, a production that promotes brotherhood and gives dignity to one’s work, you are creative in your production, but also creative in caring for the earth, of the world in this ecological dimension.”
Wasted food, he continued, “can feed all the hungry people in the world.”
“Be conscious that food should not be wasted, because there are children who are hungry. Thank you for what you do,” he said.

After thinking a bit I came up with this question -- Do government health regulations cause hunger, leave the poor hungry?  

I don't know how it is elsewhere, but in the United States restaurants are required to throw away all their food at the end of the night. The health departments regulations forbid restaurants from donating this food. If it wasn't for government regulations we could have solved the problem of feeding the hungry at least in the U.S.

So, hence excessive govt. regulations causes hunger.


Joe said...

No matter how hard we try, there will always be hunger. If we divided all earned dollars among all of the people there would still be hunger because so many would use it all for life's necessities, booze, tobacco, drugs, and the like.

Anonymous said...

+1 Joe

Bunkerville said...

I commented on your post at conservative hideout. My intention is not to offend, but I am troubled that he met with this group with his questionable history in Argentina. The so called " dirty war." I posted about it some time a Ago, with the risk of troubling my catholic friends.

Teresa said...


I agree that there will always be some hunger sort of like there will always be some immorality. With my argument I believe that if the government butted out there would be a substantial decrease in hunger.

Teresa said...


You know I think I was going to post a response to yours but I forgot due to the craziness with my health troubles. I remember reading and/or hearing that there were no good guys vying for power during the "dirty war." I had found a good article explaining what Pope Francis did during that period of time. Will have to find it again.

Being critical of the Pope now or his past doesn't bother me. Discussion is good.

Leticia said...

Unfortunately, there will always be hunger in our world. We can help where we can, but can't save everyone.