“The defense of food products has always been one of the cornerstones of Slow Food’s activities. From the Ark of Taste, the first Presidia were created, and the Presidia, in turn, gave way to other projects. Increasing the number of products selected for the Ark has become ever more urgent. If the association loses this sensitivity, it risks losing its raison d’être”. Carlo Petrini

Across the USA, Slow Food members foster biodiversity in gardens, schools, farms, ranches and waterways. We draw attention to endangered foods by cataloging them in the Ark of Taste. Chapters support producers and educate their community through tastings, dinners and celebrations. Groups of producers organize to form Presidia around at-risk foods. Internationally, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity runs a variety of programs to safeguard and increase biodiversity in the global food system.

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