Prof. Lluis Serra-Majem
The Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO): the role of fermented drinks.
The Mediterranean Diet is an enormous cultural heritage accumulated during millennia and passed down uninterruptedly from generation to generation. It has been evolving, welcoming and wisely incorporating new food items and techniques thanks to its strategic geographical position and its capacity of miscegenation and exchange of the Mediterranean populations. The Mediterranean Diet has been, and still is, an evolutionary, dynamic and vital cultural heritage.
It is essential to inform, educate and promote the Mediterranean Diet to the society to avoid the dilapidation of this heritage. Descent into oblivion would have disastrous consequences for our health, our agriculture, our traditional countryside and would provoke a progressive abandonment of many cultivations with the consequent exodus of the rural population to cities. Olive oil, wheat and fermented beverages such as wine and beer play a major role on this diet, together with fruit and vegetables, beans, nuts, dairy and fish.
It is obvious that this is an enormous task that involves assigning considerable resources that not all Mediterranean countries are in conditions to assume. Only the international recognition such as the UNESCO including the Mediterranean Diet on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity will achieve the mobilization needed to safeguard this enormous and millenniumold heritage.
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