Ark of Taste
What is the Ark of Taste?
The Ark of Taste is the world’s largest catalog of cultural and traditional biodiversity related to food and agriculture. We have identified thousands of plant varieties, animal breeds and traditional food products (including breads, cheeses, cured meats and sweets), highlighting the risk of their disappearance, saving them from extinction, and educating institutions and consumers about the need to protect them.
What We Do
Preserve food knowledge by cataloging native products.
Support small scale producers to save their heritage and food culture.
Enhance the use of these products by connecting producers with cooks and consumers.
Promote food diversity by reconnecting communities with their legacy.
Share the stories of products, producers and places through films, publications, articles, conferences and more.
What You Can Do
As a Food Activist
You can support the Ark of Taste by nominating endangered products, buying them from small-scale producers and consuming them. By doing these things, you help to make the food system more sustainable.Discover more
As a Producer
You can help by nominating an endangered product, producing one that is connected to your territory and networking with people who support food diversity.discover more
As a Cook
You can help bring these products back to the table and valorize our food heritage by connecting with small-scale producers and educating the next generation to preserve our legacy.discover more
How to Nominate a ProductThe nominator identifies the product that has to be related to the social, cultural, religious, historical or economic context of a territory.You can see whether the product is compatible with the principles of the project in the project guidelines.
The Slow Food Biodiversity office and its experts will evaluate the nomination and approve it as long as it aligns with the principles of the project.
Once approved, the product will appear in the catalogue of the Ark of Taste
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