Food&culture – Marching on stomachs

Combat rations fuel the fighter, not the gourmet.

Combat rations fuel the fighter, not the gourmet.

“An army marches on its stomach”, Napoleon is supposed to have said. Two centuries later, planning combat rations has become a dietary and logistical challenge, calling for continuous research and increasingly sophisticated technology. “Rations must guarantee a sufficient daily supply of calories”, explains Captain Alessandro Pini, an expert in military nutrition and Italian member of the NATO Task Group that studies the subject.

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