Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue of heritage
foodsin danger of extinctionwhich is maintained by the international Slow Foodmovement. The Ark—whose name is a metaphorical association with the Biblicaltale of Noah's ark—is designed to preserve at-risk foods that are sustainably produced, unique in taste, and are part of a distinct ecoregion. Contrary to the most literal definition of plant and animal conservation, the Ark of Taste aims to maintain edibles in its purview by actively encouraging their cultivation for consumption. [NYT, Apr. 2008] By doing so, Slow Food hopes to promote the growing and eating of foods which are sustainable and preserve biodiversityin the human food chain.
Foods included in the list are intended to be "culturally or historically linked to a specific region, locality, ethnicity or traditional production practice", [Ark of Taste, slowfoodusa.org] in addition to being rare. Which foods meet these criteria is decided by an adjudicating committee made up of members of the Slow Food non-profit organization; all candidates go through a formal nomination process which includes tastings and identification of producers within the region. [Washington Post, Nov. 2004]
Since the foundation of the Ark in 1996, 800 products from over 50 countries have been included. The list includes not only prepared foods and food products, but a great many
livestockbreeds as well as vegetable and fruit cultivars. All foods in the catalogue are accompanied by a list of resources for those wishing to grow or buy them.
* [http://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/eng/arca/lista.lasso Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity]
* [http://www.localharvest.org/ark-of-taste.jsp the Ark of Taste] on localharvest.org
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