Food

1035 – “Workers, the most absolutely necessary part of the whole social structure, without whose services none can either eat, or clothe, or shelter himself, are just the ones who get the least to eat, to wear, and to be housed withal — to say nothing of their share of the other social benefits which the rest of us are supposed to furnish, such as education and artistic gratification.”

-Voltairine de Cleyre

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907 – “Consumerism has accustomed us to waste. But Throwing food away is like stealing it from the poor and hungry. | With the ‘Culture of Waste,’ human life is no longer considered the primary value to be respected and protected.”

-Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome

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788 – “Ad Graecas literas totum animum applicui; statimque ut pecuniam accepero, Graecos primum autores, deinde vestes emam.”

Translation: “I have turned my entire attention to Greek. The first thing I shall do, as soon as the money arrives, is to buy some Greek authors; after that, I shall buy clothes.”

Common Paraphrase: “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

–Desiderius Erasmus (more…)

337 – “[Capitalism is] remarkably resilient and can be traced to a process [called] ‘cheapness.’ … Seven ‘things,’ [which] aren’t physical objects as much as they are a hidden social, ecological and economic infrastructure: nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives. [Where] cheapness is a process of responding to economic crises by devaluing each of those [structures] so that capitalism can continue to concentrate wealth in the hands of the already-wealthy…. Capitalism values cheapness above all else.”

–Chris Winters

He was discussing Jason W Moore and Raj Patel’s book The History of the World in Seven Cheap Things with Raj Patel (more…)

335 – “Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista.”

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

–Dom Hélder Câmara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife (more…)