WINNIPEG – A global campaign to end world hunger by 2025 has started and Manitoba's regional animator for Development and Peace, Brenda Chaput-Saltel, asks, "Is that such a lofty goal?
"If the hungry were our own family, to what lengths would we go to end hunger?"
Chaput-Saltel was speaking at the Development and Peace Share Lent 2014 workshop for the Winnipeg and St. Boniface archdioceses, Jan. 25 at Micah House, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg's Centre for Social Justice.
"One in eight persons is going hungry right now," Chaput-Saltel said. "One person dies every 12 seconds from hunger or malnutrition."
The campaign, called One Human Family, Food for All was inaugurated by Caritas Internationalis, a Vatican-based federation of charities.
The Development and Peace Share Lent fundraising campaign has been undertaken annually since D&P was founded in 1967. The purpose of Share Lent is to educate Canadians about international development, to raise funds and to renew the spirit of Lent.
Ray Temmerman, national D&P council representative for Manitoba, spoke of the account of the creation of the earth in Genesis, calling it "a story of God's extravagance and generosity."
He then recalled the Gospels and Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. "This is God giving because the people are hungry. God didn't say, 'It's up to those people to do something to help themselves.'"
Temmerman said factory farms in Canada put the majority of arable land into the hands of a few. Yet, "it has been shown again and again, small scale farming is more productive," he said.