Food vs. Feed

By Jaxson

  • 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.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To give (someone or something) food to eat.

    “Feed the dog every evening.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To eat usually of animals.

    “Spiders feed on gnats and flies.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To give (someone or something) to (someone or something else) as food.

    “Feed the fish to the dolphins.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To give to a machine to be processed.

    “Feed the paper gently into the document shredder.”

    “We got interesting results after feeding the computer with the new data.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To satisfy, gratify, or minister to (a sense, taste, desire, etc.).

  • Feed (verb)

    To supply with something.

    “Springs feed ponds with water.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To graze; to cause to be cropped by feeding, as herbage by cattle.

    “If grain is too forward in autumn, feed it with sheep.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To pass to.

  • Feed (verb)

    To create the environment where another phonological rule can apply; to be applied before another rule.

    “Nasalization feeds raising.”

  • Feed (verb)

    To create the syntactic environment in which another syntactic rule is applied; to be applied before another syntactic rule.

  • Feed (noun)

    Food given to (especially herbivorous) animals.

    “They sell feed, riding helmets, and everything else for horses.”

  • Feed (noun)

    Something supplied continuously.

    “a satellite feed”

  • Feed (noun)

    The part of a machine that supplies the material to be operated upon.

    “the paper feed of a printer”

  • Feed (noun)

    A gathering to eat, especially in quantity

    “They held a crab feed on the beach.”

  • Feed (noun)

    Encapsulated online content, such as news or a blog, that can be subscribed to.

    “I’ve subscribed to the feeds of my favourite blogs, so I can find out when new posts are added without having to visit those sites.”

  • 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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