Tasting Arizona Sustainable Food Networks

Tilde University Press
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Networks for Innovation in Sustainable Tourism, 2013, 1, pp. 49 - 55
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Tasting Arizona is a network of tourism, non-government, indigenous, farming, education, community, festival and food organisations that aims to provide 'local flavour' to customers in Arizona. The consortium believes that consumers want local flavour, and has identified a range of food products that represent the taste and feel of Arizona. Tasting Arizona represents an llUlovative approach to reviving local foods and traditional farming activities and countering the decline in small farming communities· taking place in the US. The benefits of this revival extend well beyond providing visitors with local flavours, as the foods are linked with preserving traditional farming practices, conserving areas for wildlife, educating youth, keeping food pure and free from genetic modification, maintaining agricultural diversity and biodiversity and protecting cultural traditions. Wild foods such as the mesquite bean flour and pure varieties of fruit and vegetables are just two examples of traditional local foods that have been revived.
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