Ursuline Sister Michele Morek took a break from her ministry as coalition coordinator for UNANIMA International in New York City to come back to Kentucky the week of Oct. 7-12 to speak to two groups.
The evening of Oct. 8, she was the speaker on “Women: A Global Perspective,” at the Owensboro campus of Western Kentucky University. The speech was sponsored by the Greater Owensboro Women’s Network. Her talk was similar to one she gave at Brescia University in April to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Contemporary Woman Program.
On Oct. 12, Sister Michele is speaking to the Healthy Foods, Local Farms conference in Louisville about the global realities of food and water. She gave the sisters at the Motherhouse a sneak peek at the talk Oct. 8 in the St. Ursula community room. Among the facts she shared were:
- Despite 870 million people going hungry in our world, one-third of all food produced is never eaten – 1.3 billion metric tons wasted each year.
- In underdeveloped countries, waste is caused by limitations in harvesting methods, inadequate transportation to market, lack of storage and cooling facilities and weak packing and marketing systems.
- 20 percent of African grain is lost after the harvest
- In developed countries, food is wasted by human behavior. This includes people discarding food because it doesn’t look perfect, it was allowed to spoil or more was made than was able to be eaten.
Here are pictures from the two talks: