Slow Food has created the Ark of Taste, which collects plants, animals and food products at risk of extinction that belong to the culture, history and traditions of communities around the world.
This extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads…helps to draw attention to their existence and to the risk of their extinction within a few generations. Everyone can 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.
Click here to View all the Ark of Taste products in the world!
The Ark was created to point out the existence of these products and draw attention to the risk that they might disappear within a few generations.
Agricultural biodiversity and small–scale, family-based food production systems are in danger throughout the world due to industrialization, genetic erosion, changing consumption patterns, climate change, the abandonment of rural areas, migration, and conflict.
The Ark of Taste invites everybody to take action: In some cases, products need to be rediscovered and put back on the table, and producers need to be supported and to have their stories told; in others, such as the case of endangered wild species, it might be better to eat less or none of them in order to preserve them and favor their reproduction.