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arbon

Jul 25, 2010, 10:06 AM

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Mexico Seeks To Protect Its Unique Cuisine

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Tacos, tamales and chiles rellenos have earned worldwide fame but could be in danger from modern-day threats such as junk food, the introduction of transgencis and the contamination of Mexico's water systems, says the National Commission for Arts and Culture (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes or Conaculta). Mexico
With this in mind, Mexico wants international recognition for its 7,000-year-old culinary tradition.
Conaculta recently sent UNESCO a request asking that Mexico's cuisine be included on the organization's World Heritage list.
Conaculta president Sari Bermudez believes this country's gastronomy meets the requirements of originality and prolonged historical continuity that UNESCO demands for inclusion on the list.
Supporters of the idea say Mexican cuisine is unique and differs vastly from that of other nations, such as France or Italy, because food here is prepared in exactly the same way as it was thousands of years ago.
Bermudez said the UNESCO designation would oblige this country to commit itself to preserve and promote indigenous and regional cuisine, as well as the cultivation of traditional crops.
Much of Mexican cuisine is based on the use of corn (maize) which ancient tribes believed to be sacred and created by their gods. Although Mexico has declared a moratorium on the cultivation of transgenic corn, there are fears this country's corn crop could become contaminated by the abundance of imported transgenics.
The request submitted to UNESCO is unusual as the World Heritage list consists mostly of old buildings, ancient villages, towns or cities, scenic areas and national parks.
"No one has ever dared to present a food system as a cultural way of life. It's a novelty," a Conaculta official told Reuters recently.
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Hound Dog

Jul 25, 2010, 11:07 AM

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Tacos, tamales and chiles rellenos have earned worldwide fame but could be in danger from modern-day threats such as junk food....

Translation:
Mexican junk food could be in danger from modern-day threats such as (imported) junk food....


arbon

Jul 25, 2010, 4:54 PM

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But as long as you don't know and are not interested to find out what "heritage tomatoes" are, there is less harm done to Mexico.
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gpkgto

Jul 25, 2010, 4:59 PM

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Attached is an article from Friday's Reforma.
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esperanza

Jul 26, 2010, 9:54 AM

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You know, sometimes it is wise to understand what the truth of a subject is before shooting off the mouth.

The corn-based cuisines of Mexico, in particular the cuisine of Michoacán, are indeed an important patrimony long in need of recognition. It was not CONACULTA that took the efforts to UNESCO, but an organization called CONSERVATORIA DE LA CULTURA GASTRONOMIA MEXICANA, headed up by Dra. Gloria López Morales. Dra. López did at one time work for CONACULTA, but has not been with that organization for several years.

This is a highly important recognition for Mexico and its ancient cuisines. If you think it is about junk food, you are not paying attention.

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Hound Dog

Jul 26, 2010, 6:49 PM

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Arbon wrote:

Tacos, tamales and chiles rellenos have earned worldwide fame but could be in danger from modern-day threats such as junk food,

Tacos, tamales and chiles rellenos are Mexican junk food. So what? Who doesn´t like junk food?


esperanza

Jul 26, 2010, 6:53 PM

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The thread is about the UNESCO designation, not junk food. Junk food has no place in the discussion.

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