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26th symposium of ICAF (International Commission on the Anthropology of Food)

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Paris, December 15-17, 2008
Musée de l’Homme

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- Evaluate the knowledge on the relationship between biodiversity and well-balanced and durable nutrition.
- The aim would also be to definite a program to ensure and develop this relationship.

’’The scientific committee, chaired by Igor de Garine, president of International ICAF, Emeritus Director of research at the CNRS, is composed of the national chairpersons of ICAF as well as, for the Museum, Serge Bahuchet, Professor and Chairman of the Department Hommes Natures Sociétés.


The 8th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2007) has underlined the importance of food biodiversity. It plays an essentiel role in fighting under-nutrition and malnutrition related to poverty and the transformation of food habits. These are associated with the use, in both rural and urban areas, of manufactured food items of dubious nutritional value and which are often out of reach for the economically underprivileged groups.

These changes are also linked to a current trend of agriculture that promotes a reduced number of very efficient species (in terms of vegetation or animal breeds) and results in the increased vulnerability of food safety at world level.

The 8th COP decided to set up a pluridisciplinary programme for « promoting the increased durable use of the biological diversity in the programs which contribute to food safety and a better human nutrition ».

This symposium plans to bring together international specialists on the anthropology of Food in order to gather and analyze traditional lore as well as scientific knowledge about the relationships between biodiversity, food and nutrition.


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