Pope addresses right to food in address to 500 experts

by Colleen Barry

Pope Francis is seen on a giant screen during his video address to a session of 500 experts drafting the so-called Milan Charter that seeks commitments from governments, organizations and individuals to resolve such issues as food security, decreasing food waste and ensuring biodiversity in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 7, 2015. Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental saying the paradox of abundance described by Pope John Paul II — whereby there is food for everyone yet not everyone can eat — continues to be an issue. Photo: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN (AP) — Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental in a video address Saturday to 500 experts starting work on a wide-ranging document aimed at raising awareness and proposing solutions to issues including hunger, obesity and food waste