Getting used to things now, making too much food and then saving the remains for when i get hungry again (which is approximately a couple of hours later). It’s amazing how much money i have saved though. I’m sure i’ll spend less on food from now on, those cuppa soups are going to become a staple of my diet.
Finance is a massive issue concerning small scale farmers, particularly women. These farmers are finding it hard to access credit and savings and contacts which protect prices for their crops and security for their families. Our last Pope Benedict XVI argued that food security needed to be addressed in the long term, eliminating the structural obstacles behind it and promoting the agricultural development of poorer countries. This requires more long-term investment in rural infrastructures, irrigation systems, transport, markets and technology.
I would also like to add that these people need our support, it is hard to imagine that that could have been us. We were not given the choice to grow up in a safe, prosperous society with an abundance of opportunity but we were just fortunate to be born here. My challenge this week has been about living in solidarity with our brothers and sisters everywhere. It could have been us trying to make ends meet in the third world. Please write to your MP, if you havent already done so, and spread the word so that the G8 cannot ignore us.
Let us recall those vineyard workers who were last to be called and yet were called by jesus to be among the first (Matthew 20)
Below is last nights dinner: pasta with chopped tomatoes – i wouldn’t be surprised if Dolmino scouted me to help them cut costs!
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