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"secure" in reference to food Options
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 3:20:42 AM
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Hi,

Is it natural to describe food with "secure," e.g., "secure milk, bread, etc."?

I'd appreciate your help.
thar
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:51:11 AM

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No, not as an adjective like that.

What do you want to say?
That it is safe to eat? Or that you have a good stock of it?


You can use a verb, where to secure = to obtain, to get something when it is a bit difficult to get it.
I managed to secure some bread, but there were long queues in all the shops.

As a noun, you have "food security".
There the noun is "security", and food being secure means the supply of food is secure, and people have enough to eat. With climate change and political instability, organisations like the UN often talk about food security, which is ensuring that looking years into the future, people know that enough food will be produced for them to survive, and that they will be able to obtain it and afford it.
boge
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:48:47 AM

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I think what you meant to say is "edible."
narkom12
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:05:06 AM

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I don't think that "edible food" is OK. I'd say "safe food" or "healthy food".
thar
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 9:16:55 AM

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Or food put where bears can't get at it!

I think we have to wait to see what meaning is intended.
raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:17:01 PM
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I see. So food that is free from harmful bacteria and substance cannot be described as "secure."

BobShilling
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:41:37 PM
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No.
thar
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 2:50:00 PM

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Safe and secure sometimes express similar ideas.
Safe and secure can both mean something cannot be harmed.


But here you mean safe = it won't hurt you.


Secure = it can't be hurt, or it can't escape.
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