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Food Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    food n
  1. any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue [syn: nutrient]
  2. any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; "food and drink"
  3. anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking [syn: food for thought, intellectual nourishment]
Food Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Food \Food\, v. t. To supply with food. [Obs.] --Baret.
Food Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Food \Food\, n. [OE. fode, AS. f[=o]da; akin to Icel. f[ae][eth]a, f[ae][eth]i, Sw. f["o]da, Dan. & LG. f["o]de, OHG. fatunga, Gr. patei^sthai to eat, and perh. to Skr. p[=a] to protect, L. pascere to feed, pasture, pabulum food, E. pasture. [root]7
  1. Cf. Feed, Fodder food, Foster to cherish.]
  2. What is fed upon; that which goes to support life by being received within, and assimilated by, the organism of an animal or a plant; nutriment; aliment; especially, what is eaten by animals for nourishment. Note: In a physiological sense, true aliment is to be distinguished as that portion of the food which is capable of being digested and absorbed into the blood, thus furnishing nourishment, in distinction from the indigestible matter which passes out through the alimentary canal as f[ae]ces. Note: Foods are divided into two main groups: nitrogenous, or proteid, foods, i.e., those which contain nitrogen, and nonnitrogenous, i.e., those which do not contain nitrogen. The latter group embraces the fats and carbohydrates, which collectively are sometimes termed heat producers or respiratory foods, since by oxidation in the body they especially subserve the production of heat. The proteids, on the other hand, are known as plastic foods or tissue formers, since no tissue can be formed without them. These latter terms, however, are misleading, since proteid foods may also give rise to heat both directly and indirectly, and the fats and carbohydrates are useful in other ways than in producing heat.
  3. Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes. This may prove food to my displeasure. --Shak. In this moment there is life and food For future years. --Wordsworth. Note: Food is often used adjectively or in self-explaining compounds, as in food fish or food-fish, food supply.
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Food (la. cibus) is any substance or materials eaten or drunk to provide nutritional support for the body or for pleasure. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. It is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.

Historically, people obtained food from hunting and gathering, farming, ranching, and fishing, known as agriculture. Today, most of the food energy consumed by the world population is supplied by the food industry operated by multinational corporations using intensive farming and industrial agriculture methods.

Food safety and food security are monitored by agencies such as 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.

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* From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought. - Victor Hugo

* Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. - Mark Twain

* A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Roosevelt, Eleanor


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  • Food Allergy Research & Education Launches Online Resource Center for Diners With Food Allergies
    Food Allergy Research & Education has announced the launch of the SafeFARE program, an online resource center and public service announcement featuring celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella. ... Read more on this news related to 'Food'
  • In Syria, U.N. agency distributes most food in government-held areas
    The World Food Program needs Syrian government permission to cross into rebel territory. Safety is also a major concern. The World Food Program gives out most of its food aid to Syria in government-held areas, with only a quarter of the distributions occurring in rebel-controlled territory, according to latest figures from the U.N. agency. Read more on this news related to 'Food'
  • "Food in the Workplace" Survey Finds Food-Based Perks on the Rise
    CHICAGO, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Seamless Corporate Accounts, GrubHub Inc.'s leading online food-ordering and billing service for offices, today released the results of its "Food in the Workplace" survey, a study that examines the impact food and other perks have on company morale, satisfaction and loyalty. "As the traditional eight-hour Read more on this news related to 'Food'

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