City of Gastronomy honor is about more than food

Tucson’s title as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy, the first in this country to receive the label — isn’t just about food. It’s about their food system, and the honor came because Tucson has a local, interconnected and ancient one.

Historic preservation officer Jonathan Mabry compiled the 16-page application for the designation, detailing the multitude of programs, organizations, and festivals in Tucson that connect the food system, as well as its 4,000-year-old agricultural history.

“We’re rebuilding our foodshed and we’re relocalizing our foods; we’re reconnecting to our food heritage and history; we’re developing innovative approaches to address food security and food justice,”

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