Journal of Environment and Health Science
The Island on your Plate: A Comprehensive Approach to Recover the Traditional Food System in Gran Canaria
- 1Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences (IUIBS), Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain
- 2Ciber Obn Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, Institute of Health ‘‘Carlos III’’, Madrid, Spain
- 3International Mediterranean Diet Foundation, London, UK
- 4Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr. Negrín, Las Palmas, Spain
- 5Nutrition Research Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
Lluís Serra-Majem, MD, PhD, Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain, Tel: ( 34) 928453475/ Fax: ( 34) 928451416; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serra-Majem, L., et al. The Island on Your Plate: A Comprehensive Approach to Recover the Traditional Food System in Gran Canaria. (2016) J Environ Health Sci 2(4): 1- 5.
© 2016 Serra-Majem, L. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsGran Canaria; Environment; Culture; Economy; Gastronomy; Mediterranean diet
The island on your plate project highlights the food and culinary richness of Gran Canaria and its importance in health, environment, culture and economy of community. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) goals to Canary Islands become a benchmark for the Macaronesia and the surrounding areas of África, with regard to agriculture and environmental preservation. The island on your plate project is in line with the FAO`s proposal, achieving the following objectives: (1) Raise awareness of the gastronomic diversity in the island of Gran Canaria. (2) Proactive intervention on the dietary pattern of the Gran Canaria population by adapting the local habits to a Mediterranean-like Diet. (3) Revitalization of the concept of a traditional local diet. (4) Promote the consumption of local products that meet the standards of freshness, sustainability and diversity. (5) Empowerment and diffusion of the traditional food system of Gran Canaria and the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. (6) Initiate the dialogue for the creation of a Museum of the Mediterranean Diet in Gran Canaria. This project aims to create greater awareness among the population, about the many possibilities that the territory give us, creating a healthy diet plan to increase the quality of life of the population, respectful with the environment and economy, reverting traditional food system.