Mediterranean Diet Gets UN Vote

Increasingly under threat from mass-produced fast-food, the Mediterranean diet received a boost this week when the United Nations' culture and education agency UNESCO added it to its list of cultural heritage worth preserving and promoting. A press release issued after the meeting of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage highlights the Mediterranean diet's widely-accepted healthfulness. But to me, at least as important is the agency's emphasis on the socio-cultural elements of the Mediterranean diet. "The Mediterranean diet (from the Greek diaita, or way of life) encompasses more than just food. It promotes social interaction, since communal meals are the cornerstone of social customs and festive…
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Mediterranean Diet Gets UN Vote

Increasingly under threat from mass-produced fast-food, the Mediterranean diet received a boost this week when the United Nations' culture and education agency UNESCO added it to its list of cultural heritage worth preserving and promoting. A press release issued after the meeting of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage highlights the Mediterranean diet's widely-accepted healthfulness. But to me, at least as important is the agency's emphasis on the socio-cultural elements of the Mediterranean diet. "The Mediterranean diet (from the Greek diaita, or way of life) encompasses more than just food. It promotes social interaction, since communal meals are the cornerstone of social customs and festive…
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