The University of Algarve, aware of the importance of the application of the classification of the Mediterranean Diet as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and the need to promote a broad reflection on this issue, took as its inception center of responsibility, the transmission and dissemination of culture and knowledge. In this sense, it promoted the holding of the 1st Cycle of Seminars on the Mediterranean Diet, which took place at the University of Algarve in Faro, between March 22 and October 25, 2013. In carrying out this cycle it awaited the outcome of the application , which was approved on December 4, 2013, during the 8th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the UNESCO Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The primary objective of the Seminar Cycle was to promote to a wider audience a multidisciplinary debate on the concept of the "Mediterranean Diet", in a broad sense. Responding to this challenge, the Scientific Commission designed four workshops that addressed different topics. The inaugural lecture, entitled "The Mediterranean Diet in Portugal: Culture, Food and Health" was followed by three thematic workshops where the following issues were addressed: "The Cultural Dimension of the Mediterranean Diet", "Mediterranean Diet and Sustainability: Land, Agriculture and Fisheries" and "Mediterranean Diet: Lifestyles, Food and Health".
To carry out this Seminar Cycle the University of the Algarve collaborated with the Municipality of Tavira, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sea, the Order of Nutritionists and the Portuguese Cardiology Foundation. To these partners were joined the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Algarve, which sponsored the cycle and the edition of this book.
This book, "Mediterranean Diet in Portugal: Culture, Food and Health" includes the texts of some of the papers presented and represents a modest contribution to the safeguarding and transmission to future generations of this valuable heritage that is the Mediterranean Diet. (read more)