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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Food

French solicitor Joseph Berchoux wrote a long poem in four cantos entitled Gastronomie ou L’Homme des Champs a Table in 1801. This was the first use of the word “gastronomie” in the French language.

The French composer and pianist Erik Satie was a fastidious eater who insisted on eating white foods - eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, white cheese, and certain fish.

October 16th is World Food Day. It marks the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations on October 16, 1945.


Hudson Foods Inc closed a plant in Nebraska after recalling 25 million pounds of ground beef in 1997 that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in history.

People kill about 1,776 animals for food every second of every day.

The food eaten in the life of the average person in the western world weighs as much as six fully grown elephants.

There is a Museum of Burnt Food in Arlington, Massachusetts, with around 50,000 specimens of charred food and an entire Hall of Burnt Toast.

Each year, 600,000 tonnes of food waste from restaurants, pubs and hotels in the UK goes into landfill.

The estimated total UK food and drink waste each year is around 15 million tonnes.

The total UK consumer expenditure in 2012 on food, drink and catering services was £188 billion. That works out at an average of £8.20 per person per day.

The most shoplifted food item in the US is candy. In Europe, it’s cheese and in Latin America, it’s meat.

Half the food produced in the world is left to rot.

During an average lifetime, a person will eat about 70,000 pounds (35 tons) of food.

Food can only be tasted when mixed with saliva.

Airplane food is not very tasty because our sense of smell and taste decrease bү 20% to 50% while flying.

100 years ago, most Americans spent 43% of each day working just to get food. Now, they spend only 7% of each day doing so.

Americans spend about 12% of their disposable income on food.

Quitting junk food actually produces changes in the brain similar to withdrawal from addictive drugs.

Here is a list of songs with food in the title.

Source Daily Express

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