Food and Heritage
Food began as one of the two things man needed for survival, along with shelter. Today, the world produces 17% more food per person than 30 years ago (Oxfam, Canada). However, there are more refugees than ever before--65 million people, according to UNHCR. These refugees have lost shelter and in many cases food for basic survival. When they do settle or get temporary refuge, they cannot recreate what was torn down or destroyed or what is now far away, but they can remember—and share--their heritage through food. Food is so essential to our identity that Korean kimchi and Uzbekistan palov are two of several foods listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.