Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
REGGIO EMILIA

Home of Parmigiano cheese seeks status from UNESCO

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Reggio Emilia, February 27 - The Italian region of
Emilia, homeland of the world-renowned Parmigiano Reggiano
cheese, is aiming to obtain recognition of its "Intangible World
Heritage" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Culture organization (UNESCO).
The UNESCO Club of Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with the
Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano, says it will present a new
study Friday outlining what makes the region so special.
Silvio Cari Gallingani, the club's curator, says the region
has a unique distinctive, complex but also delicate balance of
human, historical, cultural, and environmental factors that are
"worthy of particular value and protection".
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese has had the European Union's
Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) status, which the
consortium has fought to defend in European courts.
UNESCO does take food and its origins into consideration
for its intangible cultural heritage list.
In 2010, UNESCO inscribed the Mediterranean diet on its
intangible cultural heritage list at the request of Italy,
Greece, Spain, and Morocco.

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