SLOW AND HOPE­FULLY STEADY

Even crops can go ex­tinct, if you let it.

F&B World - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - Text by AN­GELO COMSTI Pho­tos by JILSON TIU

Even in­dige­nous in­gre­di­ents and plants are un­der threat of ex­tinc­tion

Like an­i­mals, food in­gre­di­ents run the risk of be­ing ex­tinct, too. With no sup­port get­ting from con­sumers and farm­ers opt­ing for other, more pre­ferred crops, sev­eral her­itage foods are at the brink of be­ing com­pletely de­pleted. It’s a good thing that there are peo­ple who care and are at the helm of pre­serv­ing and hope­fully giv­ing new life to at- risk foods.

The Slow Food Move­ment has been keep­ing an in­ter­na­tional cat­a­logue listing down en­dan­gered in­gre­di­ents. It is called the Ark of Taste and to date, has over 800 prod­ucts hail­ing from more than 50 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines. Apart from be­ing rare, the food items are char­ac­ter­ized to bear a unique taste and are part of a dis­tinct re­gion. By iden­ti­fy­ing the foods that face ex­tinc­tion, the move­ment, with our col­lec­tive help, will hope­fully be able to keep them in pro­duc­tion and on our plates in the gen­er­a­tions to come.

Here are some en­dan­gered items that grow in our land.

To know more about the Slow Food Move­ment and the Ark of Taste, log on to www.slow­food.it

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