The Mediterranean diet is recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

It is also considered by the World Health Organization to be one of the healthiest diets and by the Food and Agriculture Organization to be one of the most sustainable.

The Mediterranean diet is an essential part of Mediterranean identity and entails a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions related to culture, landscapes, lifestyles and ways of working that characterise this unique model of development.
With globalisation, Mediterranean regions, especially in rural areas, have tended to undermine their own local traditions and know-how because they have lacked awareness in their socio-economic heritage and potential.
As signatories to the Med Diet Declaration, we recognise the values and cultural practices inherent to the Mediterranean diet and strongly support the efforts of the Interreg project to achieve greater visibility for an holistic awareness of the Mediterranean diet across all dimensions: food production, health, culture, education, economy, tourism, rural development and sustainability.

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