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According to the Slow Food Foundation, every year some 27,000 varieties of food are lost: seeds, pods, and food products like honey.

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst went to the most recent Slow Food conference in Turin, Italy, and discovered a project that draws attention to some of these endangered foods, called “The Ark of Taste.“

“The idea is that if you identify these foods, you can begin to protect them,” Gunst said.

The conference included what Gunst calls a “country fair on steroids,” during which some of the 220,000 attendees displayed their local foods (pictured above).

Hear our full interview with Gunst, including a recipe inspired by the apples she saw in Turin, here.