Farm co-ops better than profit-making, says pope

October 29, 2012

Farm co-ops can provide the world with an “alternative vision” to government or international agriculture policies that place too much emphasis on profits, protecting certain markets or employing new technology that could prove dangerous, Pope Benedict said.

The pope made his comments in a message marking the Oct. 16 celebration of World Food Day, a commemoration sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to highlight the global fight against hunger and the need to help farmers and farm workers.

Cooperatives, the pope said, are an alternative to policies that “seem to have as their sole objective profit, the defence of markets, the non-food use of agricultural products (and) the introduction of new production techniques without the necessary precaution.”