Accoutrements vs. Food

By Jaxson

  • Accoutrements

    Accoutrements are the personal/individual equipment of service people such as soldiers, sailors, police and firemen and employees of some private organizations such as security guards, other than their basic uniform and weapons.Accoutrements can be intended for field, garrison or ceremonial purposes. Most accoutrements for field use are purely practical in nature.

    Ceremonial accoutrements may no longer have a practical purpose in modern operations but may be retained to maintain a tradition. Garrison accoutrements will vary in their usefulness and include both practical and ceremonial/traditional items.

    Some accoutrements such as lanyards, have both a traditional/ceremonial and a practical purpose. In these cases a different item may be worn in garrison or ceremonial occasions than that used in the field. For example, in the Australian army different corps and units wear different coloured lanyards for service or ceremonial dress, but universally use drab natural fibre coloured lanyards for pistol retention in the field.

  • Food

    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”.

  • Food (noun)

    Any solid substance that can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.

    “The innkeeper brought them food and drink.”

  • Food (noun)

    A foodstuff.

  • Food (noun)

    Anything that nourishes or sustains.

    “The man’s inspiring speech gave us food for thought.”

    “Mozart and Bach are food for my soul.”

  • Food (noun)

    any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth

    “music is food for the soul”

    “baby foods”

    “food shortages”

    “we need food and water”

    “they had eaten their food and slept”

Oxford Dictionary

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