Sunday, 7 February 2010

Mexico asks UNESCO to help protect her cuisine

There's little doubt that food is an integral part of any nation's cultural identity.Therefore, it's no surprise that Mexican officials are lobbying UNESCO to include their country's food in the organisation's list of  "intangible cultural patrimony".

According to a article in The Associated Press this week, it is hoped that this move will raise awareness about authentic Mexican cuisine and educate the wider world about the diversity and depth of the nation's cuisine which many see as nothing more than 'lots of grease and spices'.
This isn't the first time that Mexico has made an appeal to UNESCO: in 2005, officials submitted a more general proposal focusing on corn while this year's application features the traditional cuisine of Michoacan.

A decision will be made in April/May.

2 comments:

  1. I find this very interesting as 1) a foodie, 2) a Mexican food lover (I grew up in Texas!) and 3) a UNESCO employee. I'm surprised though b/c I never heard anything about this. Do you know what came of it?

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  2. As far as I know, it's going ahead. Although no formal announcement will be made until UNESCO meets in Nairobi in November, it appears that Mexican cuisine will be the first to be awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For more information see the two links below:
    http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00001
    http://cuisinexplorersnews.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/unesco-declares-mexican-cuisine-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity/

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