Human Rights

Pope: Greed of man will destroy the world

Pope Francis addresses the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. staff during the Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, Nov. 20, 2014.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.

God always forgives mankind, but the earth does not, warned Pope Francis on Thursday.

At the Second International Conference on Nutrition, the Pope cautioned that if men continue to be greedy about abusing natural resources to make a profit, the earth will eventually take her revenge, the Daily Mail reported.

"Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction," he said to representatives from 190 countries.

The head of the Catholic Church also said "primacy of profit" and "market priorities" have obstructed efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition. He commended the works of the World Health Organization and the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization for pushing for the adoption of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and a corresponding Framework for Action, which not only address food access but also the issue of being overweight.

Two billion people lack nutrients like iron and vitamin A, according to the Daily Mail, while 42 million kids and 500 million adults suffer from obesity.

Read the coverage on the Daily Mail.