If every dollar we spend is a vote for the world we want, how can we make every bite count? Wake Forest University wants you to join us in making a commitment to support agrobiodiversity in your regional food system by growing, buying, and celebrating indigenous and endangered foods.
The focus of the Make Every Bite Count campaign is on protecting and promoting foods that are significant to each campus’ regional cultural heritage. According to the UN, 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species. By promoting, promoting agricultural biodiversity, we’re confronting the risks associated with the homogenization of the food supply. As the level of biodiversity increases, food systems and cultural histories can both become more resilient.
At Wake Forest University, the campaign allows us to forge new partnerships with the goal of improving knowledge of sustainable food systems within our community. We’re working with growers, restaurateurs, and community sustainability advocates to bring attention to the importance of preserving and celebrating these foods.
We encourage your school to join the Make Every Bite Count campaign to promote and protect your own region’s biodiversity and cultural food heritage. The campaign is inspired by Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, an initiative that aims to identify, grow, promote and celebrate food items that are indigenous to regional areas around the world.
1) Choose an heirloom or heritage variety of plant or animal. If you would like to support Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, you can choose an item that has already been “boarded” onto the ark and/or select an item to nominate. You can review the catalog of items that are already on the Ark and search the list by region.
2) If you would like us to add your school to the list of campuses making a public pledge to promote or nominate an item, follow this link to our online pledge form. We will upload your commitment to our website and to a public Facebook page.
3) Plant or raise the item on your campus, or work with a local farmer to plant or raise the item.
4) Promote the item to the campus and/or community through an engaged learning project with students in a class, club, or group.
5) Work collaboratively with your local or campus Slow Food chapter (if you have one) to promote your pledge.
6) Think creatively about ways to work in partnership with your campus dining service provider, local restaurants, or other community partners to showcase the item you have pledged to celebrate.