Endangered Tastes

Nov 24 2011 @ 7:55pm

Claire Thompson celebrates the return of "real turkeys":

When it comes to turkeys, or any kind of food, the existence of multiple, diverse varieties (i.e. biodiversity) is crucial to food security. … That's the theory behind Slow Food's Ark of Taste project, "a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction." The Ark of Taste strives to preserve these endangered edibles (everything from American Rye Whiskey to Amish Pie Squash) both for their unique tastes and for the sake of the biodiversity of our food system. If we don't, said Vaughn, "we're going to do ourselves a disservice in terms of what we have access to in the future."