Food insecurity is defined by the UN FAO as the “situation when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life”.
Food insecurity can be caused by a number of factors, including the unavailability of food, unaffordable food and unequal distribution of food. Food insecurity is one of the major causes of poor nutrition. Undernourishment is a leading risk factor for death and other health consequences (11% of the world’s population is undernourished – 820 million people globally). These factors contribute to an increase in the incidence of non-communicable diseases that kill 38 million people each year. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs355/en/
Moreover, food safety issues on a global level continue to be of concern with an estimated 600 million people – almost one in twelve people globally – falling ill after eating contaminated food, and with 420,000 food safety related deaths every year. (World Health Organization, 2015. WHO estimates of the global burden of forborne diseases: food borne disease burden epidemiology reference group 2007-2015. WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data. Printed in Switzerland. ISBN 978 92 4 156516 5).
As we understood that having a diet which is both sufficient in terms of energy (caloric) requirements and diverse to meet additional nutritional needs is essential for good health, we have developed ODA – Optimum Dynamic Activities, the 1st concept of ready-to-eat nutritionally controlled food tablet, no water and heating needed, easy to transport and store.
We aimed to provide an affordable, safe, healthy and nutritious food supply in the face of demographic change from an increasing population and better food safety.
There can be hundreds of mixtures, personalized by taking into consideration the nutritional and calories intake needs, the activity level, the health status, the gender or the cultural background of different people groups.
Science fiction has predicted food being compressed into a tablet form for over 100 years and we are well on the way to achieving it. REM (ready to eat meals) are an easy, cheap solution to international food shortage or hunger.
It can be an optimum solution when it comes to feeding post-disaster areas or during military or space missions. The ODA tablets are designed to be used in zero gravity. ODA can even be designed in 24H REM ratio packages, including dessert.
Additionally, appropriate labels and warnings could easily be incorporated onto packaging.
There are significant cost savings, resulting from reduced food waste, because of better suitability and control of food served according to the nutrition needs.