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The intangible cultural heritage of food in Europe is an enormous yet underestimated resource; it is largely used to promote tourism but hardly ever treated as a resource that can reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space and social integration. Awareness of traditional food origins and history, traditional processing and farming techniques, of religious rites and festivals is key to narrate our common European roots as well as the influences of centuries of migration.

The Food is Culture project aims at making European citizens aware that food heritage is a way to express their belonging to Europe and to better understand the richness and uniqueness of its cultural diversity. Attention needs to be paid to safeguard and valorise our shared food heritage: this work has been implemented for years by Slow Food, by collecting the disappearing local food heritage of Europe and of the entire world within the global catalogue of the Ark of Taste, which will inspire the enrich the artwork contents. The main activities of the project include a multimedia artwork, – which combines the contribution of some artists and travels around Europe – a call to action aimed at chefs and school students, the creation of a human library with migrant stories and a call to EU and national institutions to highlight the importance of putting the safeguard of the European gastronomic cultural heritage higher in their political agendas.

The EU policy brief on food & cultural heritage examines the current EU policy context and gives recommendations for possible policy improvements to achieve greater coherence between cultural, food and agricultural policies:

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The Food is Culture project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, with the contribution of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo.

Project partners: Slow Food, Europa Nostra, Kinookus, Nova Iskra Creative Hub, Transpond AB.