Beyond the Ingredients
The Mediterranean Diet goes beyond a nutritional recommendation, having been inscribed by UNESCO in 2010 to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity. It is specifically acknowledged as a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols, and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food,” not as a particular set of foods.
Mediterraneity, is a set of universal values, capable of safeguarding this biological and cultural heritage and developing resilience for the future. A concept that incorporates knowledge, identity, and biodiversity in the Mediterranean way of life, highlighting the synergies that have been created through 2,500 years of co-evolution between the environment and society. In a fluid and dynamic balance that has overcome the erosion of time, bringing to light these virtuous relationships, is a task that aims to preserve the environment and culture for renewed awareness that can lay the foundations for a sustainable and resilient future.
Mediterranean Diet Coalition
In 2021, representative members from the seven emblematic communities united in a common vision to collaborate in the protection of this cultural heritage and the promotion of its values to the world. This task force collaborates on events, cultural initiatives, and publications to diffuse the Mediterranean values and practices around the world.
The Mediterranean Diet safeguards the knowledge, customs, and values that are transmitted orally within the context of family life as integral parts of the collective cultural identity and memory of Mediterranean societies.