Food Inscribed in Cultural Heritage List

Food Inscribed in Cultural Heritage List

As part of their mandate, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has been working to safeguard intangible cultural heritage that is being lost or forgotten around the world. According to UNESCO, "the importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next."

In 2010 UNESCO formally inscribed food as part of their Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Now included among oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, you can find the following agricultural heritages in need of "urgent safeguarding":

Mediterranean Diet

Shrimp Fishing on Horseback in Oostduinkerke

Turkish Coffee Culture and Tradition

Washoku, Traditional Dietary Culture of the Japanese

Traditional Mexican Cuisine

Gastronomic Meal of the French

Gingerbread Craft of Northern Croatia

The traditions that are created around harvesting, cooking and sharing meals is so imperative to a culture. It is up to the older and younger generations to teach and listen.

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