Slow Food in UK celebrates 100th Ark of Taste product in presence of HRH The Prince of Wales 

21 Jul 2016 | English

A joint event organized by Slow Food England and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) was held yesterday, July 20, 2016, at Highgrove Royal Gardens in the presence of the HRH The Prince of Wales.

The event focused on the Ark of Taste – Slow Food’s international project created to save foods at risk of extinction and to safeguard the world’s agrobiodiversity – and on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s initiatives – which monitor rare and native farm breeds and promote the breeding and registration of rare and native breeds.

The 100th UK Ark of Taste product, the British Saddleback Pig, was announced at the event, with certificates being presented to the breed society to mark the occasion.

Dan Saladino, producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and of the Ark of Taste series (all the clips are available here) chaired a conference to discuss the importance of these projects in such a challenging post–Brexit scenario for UK farmers and small-producers. Protecting livestock breeds and plant varieties, food products and gastronomic traditions is a critical priority, particularly as the loss of biodiversity becomes more and more of an emergency.

Shane Holland for Slow Food in the UK, and Tom Beeston for Rare Breeds Survival Trust led the meeting. Among the people who attended the conference were Iltud Dunsford, Director of Slow Food Cymru, and Cyrus Todiwala of theSlow Food Chefs’ Alliance, as well as Slow Food producers, farmers and other chefs of the Chefs’ Alliance in the UK.

They discussed native breeds at risk of extinction, encouraging the consumption, and also the use of these breeds by chefs, sustaining in this way England’s diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.

For further information, please contact the Slow Food International Press Office:

[email protected] – Twitter: @SlowFoodPress

Paola Nano, +39 329 8321285, [email protected]

Ester Clementino, [email protected]

Giulia Capaldi, [email protected]

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. Among them, a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members are linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize. As part of the network, more than 2,400 Terra Madre food communities practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.

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