Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.
Historically, humans secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering and agriculture. Today, the majority of the food energy required by the ever increasing population of the world is supplied by the food industry.
Food safety and food security are monitored by agencies like the International Association for Food Protection, World Resources Institute, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Food Information Council. They address issues such as sustainability, biological diversity, climate change, nutritional economics, population growth, water supply, and access to food.
The right to food is a human right derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), recognizing the "right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food", as well as the "fundamental right to be free from hunger".

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  1. karadekoolaid

    Food History and Misconceptions

    As I was writing an answer to Mountain Cat about French Fries, it got me thinking. Many foods, or food items we claim as our own... are not our own. We Brits will assure you that Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Glasgow, or Birmingham - when it was originally invented in Delhi and called...
  2. B

    My family tradition: never "yucking" on food.

    since this is a foodie forum. my family managed to teach me a few things as a kid. one was to NEVER "ewwww" someones food. my situation was reinforced by real-life. i am an American born Chinese dude. i grew up in a smaller Texas town were there were hardly any Asian people. coming up thru...
  3. flyinglentris

    US Shortage of Baby Food?

    When I started seeing the lamentations regarding people who felt that the shortages of baby foods would threaten starvation for their infants, I felt that old regret that so many people are so habitualized and manipulated that they don't even try to think for themselves. And there were for...
  4. pistachioguy

    Hello everyone

    I am glad to be here. I am a food blogger. I am hoping I will learn and share great ideas about food. Thanks
  5. Windigo

    Your favorite food youtube channels, podcasts, and other social media

    I am curious what your favorite social media food channels and websites are, maybe we can discover more fun content here. Youtube favorites of mine:
  6. flyinglentris

    Bacon Wrapped Food Items

    What food items have you ever cooked, wrapped in bacon? I have a preference for wrapping skewered shrimp or prawns in bacon, for one.
  7. LissaC

    Food items you no longer buy

    Are there are any foods you stopped buying? What were your reasons for no longer buying that item? In my case I stopped buying breakfast cereals. The ones I ate as a kid and young adult were full of sugar and really not healthy. I only buy corn flakes. I also rarely buy yogurts nowadays, once...
  8. Morning Glory

    Do you ever complain or send food back in restaurants?

    I have done both. Any examples? The most recent example I remember (which was a while back) was when I ordered a pizza with an egg broken on top. I stressed to the waiter when I ordered it that I wanted a runny yolk. And well... it wasn't. They got it right, after it got sent back.
  9. Morning Glory

    Food or drink related New Year resolutions (2022)

    Do you have food or drink related resolutions for 2022? My main one is a complete clear out of store cupboards and freezers. Its bonkers. I simply have too much stuff which is old and probably past using. In fact, its so bonkers that I'm not even sure what I have.
  10. JAS_OH1

    What take-out food have you scored well on?

    Menu - O'Charley's Restaurant & Bar During the height of the pandemic when many restaurants in the US were only offering carryout or delivery, some restaurants were selling gift certificates online for a discount just so they could stay afloat. There is a restaurant chain here called...
  11. flyinglentris

    What is the most un-appetizing food presentation you have ever come across?

    It might be the ugliest, the smelliest, the most offensive or the most something else. What food presentation have you come across that has really turned your stomach, just being there to see it? Did you have to sit down to table for it?
  12. V

    Unfortunately-named food products. Go!

    Here's something I saw in Tesco supermarket in the UK. I'm sure it's delicious, but...
  13. A

    Frozen food when defrosting a freezer

    I had to defrost my freezer, so it was switched off and open for about 90 minutes. I put the quorn in the fridge to minimise cooling. I had some quorn and frozen vegetables and frozen tomato sauce in there. Will they be OK? How long can quorn and frozen veg be out the freezer before I should...
  14. M

    Shortages & inflation-are you stocking up?

    Over here (in Japan) they announce on the news what's going up in price and by how much and when. Myself, I'm a bit of a food hoarder -- trust me, during the zombie apocalypse you'll fatten up if your holed up with me -- so I'm VERY well stocked atm, and I'm glad. The price of flour has already...
  15. Sembie

    How are you with spicy food? Very spicy?

    I am curious how is the culture of spicy food all over the world. As it's known that Indian, Mexican, Hungarian, Thai, etc cuisine is famous for its spicy taste. How about in other countries?
  16. G

    Looking for US style birthday food ideas

    My daughter’s birthday party is soon, and we intend to make it in US style. She is turning 5 years old. Can you recommend some simple food ideas and recipes that you used yourself?
  17. Dive Bar Casanova

    Plant Based Fast Food

    Tried Carls jr Beyond Meat Burger twice this month and Burger Kings Impossible Whopper twice too. Both good but the Beyond Meat burger has that awful aroma. Here on the West Coast the Impossible Burger is $8 US. East Coast about $5 US. I've cooked Beyond Meat in the house and the aftermath is...
  18. detroitdad

    Is there a Food That You Don't Like, But Think You Should

    I know, a long subject title, but oh well. There is one food that I don't really care for. I feel like I should because there is so much that you can do with it. That is Mushrooms!!! About 3 months ago I decided I was going to train my taste buds to like them. I've started cooking with them...
  19. WhatsCookingMama

    Food waste

    What are your thoughts on food waste? The last 5 years or so I made the effort to get creative using up leftovers. In addition to using ingredients in creative ways. These past 3 years I have gotten very serious about using the whole ingredient. For example, we love to eat apples and make...
  20. avon2p

    Recipe Stir-fried Mussels - Vietnamese Food

    Ingredients: 3 lbs - Mussels 1/2 cup - shallot (sliced) 2 tbsp - ginger (sliced) 4 - chili peppers scallion (minced) Vietnamese coriander (minced) Fish sauce, annatto powder, mononatri glutamat, pepper powder Seasoning powder (a mixture of salt, sugar, meat powder, cassava powder, garlic...
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