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Pope says family farms help ensure stable food security

On July 1, Pope Benedict XVI received participants in the thirty-seventh Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The pope cautioned against price speculation, and said that "poverty, underdevelopment and the resulting hunger are often the outcome of selfish attitudes which, arising from man's heart, find expression in his social activities, in economic relations and in the conditions of the market, . . . and are  translated into the denial of the primary right of all individuals to nourishment and freedom from hunger."

The pope also went on to say that "support must be given to initiatives . . . aimed at rediscovering the importance of family-run farms, supporting the vital role the play in ensuring stable food security."

Read more from the Vatican press release.

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