Food for Change
Food for change
85 near-extinct products approved to the Ark of Taste
Relais & Châteaux and Slow Food join forces to preserve biodiversity and culinary heritage.
SLOW FOOD’S ARK OF TASTE
Created in 1996, Slow Food’s Ark of Taste is an online catalogue of over 5500 foods (plant varieties, animal breeds and traditional processed products such as cheeses, cured meats, breads, sweets, etc.) from small-scale quality production. The Ark of Taste is an authority on biodiversity charting edible history, and it creates an invaluable connection between small producers, chefs, academics, consumers and policymakers. As an international reference, it preserves culinary heritage and biodiversity for the future of our food systems.
« Biodiversity is not only genetic, but also cultural; it comes from and belongs to the heritage and traditions of the entire planet » Slow Food president, Carlo Petrini.
The nominations had to undergo a strict evaluation process through 20 technical committees, Slow Food’s Content and Projects Hub and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo before being approved to the Ark of Taste.