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Biodiversity

Our food system is becoming increasingly industrialized. Every year, more family farms are disappearing and being replaced by factory farms.

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The result?

  • More than 90% of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fields
  • Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost
  • Just 3 companies process more than 70% of all U.S. beef
  • More than 70% of large fish species have been over-fished in the past century, with many fish populations virtually becoming extinct
  • More than 80% of corn and 90% of soybean seeds are now patented by just one company

This approach to food is unhealthy for us and for the environment. It disconnects us from our cultural food traditions, and presents a serious threat to the future of our food supply.

Rich biodiversity is crucial to our food security.

Without it, just one new virus or pest could decimate an entire plant or animal species – leaving us vulnerable to famine and destroying our planet’s environmental stability.

Ark of Taste & Presidia

Slow Food USA is growing alternatives to the industrial food system by promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting small-scale food producers and preserving traditional foods and knowledge. Our biodiversity programs include:

Ark of Taste in the USA

A living catalog of more than 200 delicious and culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. By promoting these foods, we help keep them in production and on our plates. Read more...

Presidia in the USA

Small, targeted projects to assist groups of artisans with preserving unique, traditional and endangered foods, recovering traditional processing methods, and safeguarding native breeds and local plant varieties. Read more...

Handbooks

Click any cover below to view the handbooks for Ark of Taste, Biodiversity and Presidia.

Ark of Taste HandbookBiodiversity HandbookPresidia Handbook

Ark of Taste
How to build the world's largest catalog of flavors: a heritage to discover and save

Biodiversity
What is it, what does it have to do with our daily food, and what can we do to preserve it?

Presidia
How to create a Presidium, build relationships with producers, and organize activities

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