An Inclusive Litany

9/13/02

While meeting to discuss the issue of global poverty and wealth inequality, delegates to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa were treated to some 4,400 pounds of fillet steak and chicken breasts, 1,000 pounds of lobster and other shellfish, 5,000 oysters, 450 pounds of salmon, 220 pounds of the prized South African kingclip fish, over 1,000 pounds of bacon and sausages, and plenty of champagne and caviar.

And in Rome, the United Nations World Food Summit, devoted to helping the 800 million people starving worldwide, opened with a luncheon of lobster, foie gras and goose stuffed with olives for the 3,000 delegates, with many limousines parked out front.

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