Mass feeding in the 21st century

To introduce the subject, I went to see the definition of food to realize that the definition for humans was in one line while that for the environment, for example, was in one paragraph, as if humanity was more attentive to its ecosystem than to its own body, that the attentions are turned more towards the outside than towards the interior.

However, our body is our vehicle, it is unique and personal and should not be the third wheel of the carriage.

So I went to explore further towards the verbs associated with food:

To feed: transitive verb – (Latin alimentare)

1. Provide someone or an animal with the food they need to survive; to feed: To feed a sick person with broth.
Synonyms: nurture – nurture – nurture
Antonym: starve

2. Provide a community, a device, a place, with what is necessary for its operation; supply: Supply a boiler with fuel oil, the markets with fresh vegetables.
Synonyms: supply – supply – supply

3. Provide a phenomenon, an action, a feeling with which to grow: The rumor fueled the anxiety.

To eat: pronominal verb

1. Absorb food; feed: It feeds only on fruit.
Synonyms: to eat – to eat – to eat

2. Get something: How does the city get its water?

3. Feed, grow, contribute through something: The gossip that fueled the conversations.

Source: Larousse:

The vision of food states an external power that distributes it. Food concerns above all the collective, or rather the equipment of the community.

The semantics, choice and definition of words are the seeds that shape our world. As a philosopher in Artificial Intelligence, I can confirm that the choice of the first words posed are indeed the seeds that will build the digital and social edifice.

In the same way, investigating the definitions of the major concepts on which our world is based is a gold mine for knowing where our society is heading. Macro observations, like wars, innovations… are only the effects of our micro decisions like the choice of words. The future is forged in the details.


If we are going to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on hunger, here is what we find there:

“Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Although the situation has improved in many countries, hunger and malnutrition continue to wreak havoc. An estimated 795 million people were chronically undernourished in 2014, mostly women and children. Goal 2 aims to end hunger and malnutrition in all their forms by 2030.

Global demand for food continues to grow. It is estimated that it will have to be more than doubled by 2050 to meet the needs of the human population. 70% of undernourished people depend directly or indirectly on agriculture to meet their needs. Goal 2 aims to encourage sustainable agricultural practices so that growth in food production does not come at the expense of the environment.

The quality of the foodstuffs being as important as their quantity, the objective also includes economic aspects. In particular, it is a question of doubling agricultural productivity and the income of small farmers by 2030”.

Source : SDGs United Nations

The angle approached “Eliminating Hunger” does not speak of food governance but of lack, poverty, global management, and food quality. Where is the relationship between the human body and food?

The definition that is not easily found on the media should be this:

“All of the nutrients ingested by living beings, including humans, allowing them to stay healthy and heal themselves. A lack or excess of nutrients can unbalance this good health. In the same way that a lack of nutrient or a toxic nutrient can make sick or kill. Nutrition can also have effects in the psychological sphere in the form of excess, pleasure, addiction or disgust. Nutrition can be managed locally or globally to avoid possible famines or excess food stocks.”

Nutritional deviations

These deviations can be found at school and in everyday life:

1 – Anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder with potentially major health repercussions.

Children with anorexia nervosa have:

  1. Difficulties in maintaining sufficient weight for their age and size because they adopt behaviors aimed at losing weight or not gaining weight (eating less, avoiding certain foods, exercising excessively, etc.)
  2. An intense fear of getting fat, which comes to occupy all the space in their thoughts
  3. A disturbance of their body image: they may see themselves as very fat when they are not, pay exaggerated attention to certain parts of their body (eg belly, thighs)

It is a disorder that can affect girls and boys from elementary school age, regardless of the environment in which they evolve.

These disorders present a major risk of impact on the growth, puberty or brain development of children. It is necessary to identify them quickly in order to alert the family who will consult health professionals for appropriate care.

Early identification makes it possible to limit the physical and psychological impacts on children’s functioning”.

Source: Children with anorexia nervosa and their schooling

Our world of the star system, of the fashion for filiforms has a significant effect on girls and boys students. This is an important subject to address in the event of a pathological presence in a class. It’s about normality. Is it more normal to starve yourself to be lean or to eat to be healthy?

2- Supplements, stimulants

“Five students from Marguerite-Belly primary school in Jonquière received the services of emergency teams after ingesting household products.

According to what TVA reported, the students of the 1st cycle swallowed the toxic substances Tuesday morning before the start of classes. A young student would have brought the product normally used to wash whiteboards. It is under the pretext that it is a magic potion that she is her comrades would have taken a sip.

Staff members who learned of the situation quickly contacted the emergency services. After meeting with a doctor, the students continued their day at school and are doing well. The doctor, however, left a list of symptoms to watch out for. The staff seized the opportunity by recalling the dangers linked to the ingestion of toxic products”.

Source: L’Etolie du Lac – January 26, 2016

Everything that enters the stomach and the blood is a nutrient. This ranges from toxic products to drugs, often present in schools. Similar to anorexia, awareness in the affected classes is important. Drugs affect ill health, like tobacco.

3- Substitutes

“Derived from the transformation of chemical compounds (such as saccharin and sucralose), these artificial sweeteners are used for their sweetness. That of aspartame is 200 times greater than that of sugar. Problem: they are only empty molecules, ie non-food, because they contain no nutrients and the body will hardly recognize them.

On the other hand, when the body realizes that you are trying to betray it by taking a sugar substitute that does not raise blood sugar, then you will eat more to achieve satiety. It is therefore better to opt for real sugar by replacing, for example, white sugar with brown sugar or coconut sugar, which are richer in fiber and nutrients, rather than taking substitutes which can be harmful to health.

It promotes weight gain

When it comes to dieters, the consumption of sweeteners has also revealed counterproductive consequences. The advantage of aspartame is that it would be low in calories and could then help to lose weight or avoid having complications from diabetes. But this argument has been shown to be false. Studies carried out on young people, who were offered sugary sodas and sodas containing sweeteners, established that those who consumed these sweeteners ate more, which promoted their weight gain.

In addition, the consumption of sweeteners also has a deleterious effect on the intestinal microbiota which they disrupt. This is evidenced by tests carried out on mice. However, an unbalanced microbiota will have a major effect on other diseases: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases… To preserve your health, it is therefore better to prefer real sugar”.

Source: Is aspartame dangerous for health?

EUROPE 1 – 13 May 2021

Aspartame is the symbol of the problem of malnutrition. Good healthy and balanced nutrition accompanies good health, but some innovative products cause health concerns precisely. Sometimes these are the most toxic micro doses and other times the macro doses. This is why learning to read and understand food content and in particular preservatives and colorings is a subject to be shared and debated because often there is no single truth about packaged products.

The 20th century was the era of blind faith in industries and mass production

“Bees live and work in community, with solidarity, autonomy and awareness of future generations. In order to pollinate our ailing ecosystems, a few atypical beekeepers try to protect them from the activity of other greedy or yield-driven humans: offer bee colonies a traditional habitat in trees and near diversified organic crops; let them coexist with their various viral or bacterial microorganisms; stop treating their illnesses with drugs that contribute to weakening and decimating them; support their natural immunity, their propolis being the best medicine; offer them a healthy diet, their honey free of added sugar.

This beekeeping comparison should allow us to imagine a similar benevolent and intelligent treatment in the current health crisis, which seems to be becoming chronic. The scandals linked to Montsanto or Bayer and the control of agriculture by the giants of agribusiness being no longer a state secret, it would seem that we have more difficulty in admitting those associated with the pharmaceutical industries. in whom we grant an almost blind trust”.

Source: Good for the head – Big Pharma, What an ecological report – November 19, 2021

Medicines are also nutrients. Today, there are also nutraceuticals, a sort of mix between food and medicine.

In fact, we are seeing a shift today in food, which is becoming as important in people’s minds as medicines: those who can no longer put just any nutrient into their bodies with their eyes closed.

Giving absolute confidence is no more relevant than in the past for maintaining good health and in a few years we may be faced with a change in the posture of nutrients with, for example, such severe requirements for the putting on the market for new experimental nutrients than the testing protocols imposed on drugs. Which would be quite logical and normal when we talk about synthetic molecules.

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