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"The Ark of Taste"


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I thought that folks might find this interesting.

 

"The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality productions that belong to the cultures, history and traditions of the entire planet: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets and cured meats...

 

The Ark was created to point out the existence of these products, draw attention to the risk of their extinction within a few generations, invite everyone to take action to help protect them. In some cases this might be by buying and consuming them, in some by telling their story and supporting their producers, and in others, such as the case of endangered wild species, this might mean eating less or none of them in order to preserve them and favor their reproduction."

 

http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/ark

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This is interesting.  It's another in a series of movements to preserve diversity.  Two others that come to mind are Seed Savers Exchange and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. What seems to be different about The Ark of Taste is that they aren't limiting their efforts to seeds.

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Each country in which Slowfood is active has its own ark. Slowfood members can nominate candidates for the list and describe how the food meets the criteria. Rare cattle, sheep, goat, lamb and chicken breeds, heirloom fruit and vegetables, and even wild foods are on the list. Look at http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-of-taste to see the US list. This is a fantastic way to educate people about biodiversity and why it is so important.

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