Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as 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, people 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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Xi stresses stopping wasting food, promoting thrift

Sina 12 Aug 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed resolutely putting an end to wasting food and called for promoting thrift ... Xi stressed enhancing legislation and supervision, taking effective measures, and establishing a long-term mechanism to stop food waste ... He has emphasized the need to stop food waste on many occasions....

Wasting food improvident extravagance: China Daily editorial

China Daily 12 Aug 2020
Although China will have no such crisis, as it has had bumper harvests for a number of consecutive years and has ample grain reserves, that is no reason for people to be wasteful of food ... Such a large amount of wasted food is enough to feed 30 to 50 million people a year ... No one has the freedom to waste food no matter how rich he or she is....

China must enhance legislation to stop food waste

People Daily 12 Aug 2020
However, in today’s highly developed catering industry, the issue of food waste has become more prominent ... While it is necessary to use legislation to impose rigid constraints on those who are used to wasting food, it’s even more important to foster a social atmosphere in which frugality is applauded and wastefulness is scorned....

Xi calls for promoting thrift, stopping food waste

China Daily 12 Aug 2020
President Xi Jinping has underlined the need for greater awareness of the risks posed to the country's food security and called for resolute efforts to promote thrift and combat the wasting of food ... Xi has long attached great importance to food security and on many occasions has emphasized the need to stop the wasting of food....

A machine developed at USF could turn astronaut waste into fertilizer

Tampa Bay Times 12 Aug 2020
The researcher, Daniel Yeh, has been working for years with NASA to design a compact machine that turns human waste into fertilizer, possibly giving space inhabitants the ability to grow fresh produce ... A machine called the "organic processor assembly" converts human waste into fertilizer that could be used to grow food in space....

$43 million organic recycling center could be coming to Ramsey/Washington solid waste facility

Pioneer Press 12 Aug 2020
The addition to the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center would enable it to pull food scraps out of the waste stream for the first time ... “The purpose here is to get more value out of waste,” said Zack Hansen, Ramsey County’s Environmental Health director. ANTICIPATED SURGE IN ORGANIC WASTE....

China answers food waste curb call with smaller portions for diners

South China Morning Post 12 Aug 2020
Several Chinese cities and provinces are introducing detailed measures to curb food consumption, following ......

Nutritious diet can help fight pandemic

The Siasat Daily 12 Aug 2020
In a new study, the researchers warn the Australian diet is not sustainable, with high rates of eating meat, excessive packaging and food waste and unhealthy consumption levels ... The food we buy from supermarket ... The researchers put these questions to the test by running a two-week online course examining aspects of the food system, including.....

Local food bank busy putting finishing touches on mobile kitchen

Ellensburg Daily Record 12 Aug 2020
FISH Community Food Bank will soon be able to provide even more help meet the community’s dietary needs with an extra kitchen that can reach the most vulnerable populations in the county ...We can cut down on waste at the food bank by having a second kitchen that is operating,” she said....

Drink of the Week: Liquid Death Mountain Water

Free Times 12 Aug 2020
Photo by Tug Baker. $13.99 for a 12-pack of 16.9 oz. tallboys at Whole Foods. ($15.99 for still or sparkling A couple weeks ago, we had our first dance with hurricane season ... And canned water lasts longer, too, so it’s not like you’ll be staring at a bunch of wasted plastic bottles at the end of the season. Food & Drink ... Food & Drink....

Vertical farming technology to be explored at Davis site

The Daily Democrat 12 Aug 2020
“The global food challenges we increasingly face require us to rethink traditional farming practices ... Reducing food waste and improving the safety, traceability and nutritional value of food are all the more important as populations grow and demands for food expand,” said John Vaske, Head of Agribusiness at Temasek....

COVID-19 and the restaurant industry in S.C.: Can owners recover from the pandemic?

The Darlington News & Press 12 Aug 2020
There was wasted food due to the short notice of the shutdown ... It is hard for an already small 50-seat restaurant to be limited to 15 seats and still pay its bills, labor costs and increased food prices stemming from limits in the supply chain ... Other restaurants’ food would diminish in quality if they delivered it....

Graphic Photos: Bear cub killed in Evergreen trying to cross road for unsecured trash

Fox31 Denver 12 Aug 2020
EVERGREEN, Colo ... An examination of the cub’s stomach contents found it full of bird seed, cut up cantaloupe & human food waste, according to CPW. Warning. These photos are graphic. ... ....