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On 25 October 2022, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is organising the webinar ‘GEOfood – Connection between geology and food‘. The event is scheduled for 13:00 – 14:00 CEST (Brussels time).
The GEOfood initiative was established in the Geoparks Magma in Norway, Roku in Denmark and Reykjanes in Iceland as a brand reserved only for UNESCO Global Geoparks approved territories. The speaker of the webinar will be Sara Gentilini, she is the leader of GEOfood and the project manager of the UNESCO Global Geopark Magma. Mónica Sousa, Coordinator of the EFG Panel of Experts on Geological Heritage will be the host of the online session.
The GEOfood idea originated from the need of having common selected criteria for developing local food networks within UNESCO Global Geoparks and eventually valorising the products within specific tourist offers dedicated to geological heritage and local food which could increase the geoparks visibility and the people’s interest in geological heritage.
The GEOfood brand, now owned by the Magma Geopark, aims at collecting stories about local communities, local traditions, and the origin of the food raw materials in connection with the geological heritage of each UNESCO Global Geopark territory: its quality is based on the authenticity of the products, the heritage of local people, and the proximity of the ingredients.
All the food enterprises willing to use the GEOfood brand must use raw materials from the Geopark area and the GEOfood restaurants should serve at least one seasonal menu. This criterion is chosen to guarantee the support of local farmers, and local entrepreneurs, and the integration of low-scale economy strategies within the UNESCO Global Geopark. GEOfood is also contributing to the empowerment of communities and kids, through educational programs linked with sustainability and climate change issues.
Up to now, the GEOfood initiative has been a successful project: in May 2022, 34 UNESCO Global Geoparks were embracing the brand, the criteria, and its values, developing more than 70 different local products and 30 local menus, which all explained the connection between the raw material and the geological heritage.
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