A Slow Food Presidium protect:

  • A traditional product at risk of extinction (an Ark of Taste Product);
  • A traditional processing method at risk of extinction (in fishing, animal husbandry, food processing and farming);
  • A rural landscape or ecosystem at risk of extinction.

To set up a Slow Food Presidium, it is necessary to verify two elements:

  • Environmental sustainability (the “clean” element -alongside “good and fair”- which means respecting the fertility of the land and of hydrographic ecosystems, excluding the use of synthetic chemical substances, maintaining traditional farming and land management practices, …)
  • Social sustainability (the “fair” element: producers must have an active role and total autonomy in the management of their activity, they must collaborate and together define the rules of production and forms of product promotion, possibly joining together to form collectives)