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BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme Wins at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016

BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme Wins at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016 for Dan Saladino’s Section “The Ark of Taste: The World’s Most Endangered Foods” 

The slot “The Ark of Taste: The World’s Most Endangered Foods” on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme was yesterday awarded a prestigious recognition at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2016, winning the “Radio & Podcast” category. Every year, the awards celebrate the best writing, publishing and broadcasting on the subjects of food and drink.

Since 2015, Dan Saladino, a journalist and producer on The Food Programme, has been dedicating a section at the end of every episode to an Ark of Taste product, with interviews with the producers. So far 30 products from the Ark from around the world have been featured. The project started at the 2014 Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, when the BBC set up a recording studio in the Ark of Taste space, and has continued at other international events organized by Slow Food. Farmers, fishers and food artisans have shared their stories, and the interviews are broadcast during the last five minutes of the radio show. They talk about their histories, the qualities of their products, why they are disappearing and their link with the land and local traditions. The website of The Food Programme has a specific section dedicated to the Ark (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p2zfz) and the interviews can be listened to by anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time. This is a great source of pride for the producers interviewed and an important support given the wide circulation offered by the BBC, the most-listened-to radio station in the world. For Slow Food, it is a prestigious recognition and an extraordinary contribution to the promotion of the project (http://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/what-we-do/the-ark-of-taste/), which has catalogued over 3,200 products in 138 countries, protecting the biodiversity and local gastronomic heritage at risk of extinction around the world.

 

The Food Programme is a historic radio show, broadcast since 1979, with a weekly 30-minute program exploring topics relating to food production, consumption and quality, with a global perspective. It is one of the longest-running programs on Radio 4, the BBC’s spoken-word channel dedicated to current affairs, culture and in-depth analysis, one of the most popular in the UK and beyond.

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