The project in a few words

What is the relationship between traditional food (and culture at large) and environmental sustainability? As traditional meals often have ingredients that have a high impact on the environment (like meat and dairy products), should we give up our traditions or there is a possibility to keep together culture and sustainability? Is traditional cuisine discriminatory, as number of vegetarian and vegan people are rising?

Food, traditions and sustainability

As sustainable food habits and inclusion are core values at Kora, we decided to investigate more on these questions with a questionnaire. The questionnaire triggered the interest of many young people and was filled out by 92 people from different European countries. We noticed that a first reaction for many when choosing a more sustainable diet is looking elsewhere, at food from other countries which are traditionally vegan or vegetarian, while neglecting adaptation of their own culinary culture. Thanks to this investigation we realised which are the core issues regarding the relationship between environmental sustainability and culture/traditions. The project will involve several non-formal education activities, such as cooking workshops, debates and intercultural learning activities.

Main Objectives

  • Provide participants with knowledge about food choices and their impact on environment
  • Share and increase awareness about national/regional traditions of participating countries
  • Investigate the concept of cultural identity and its connection to food traditions
  • Promote the introduction of environmental sustainability in traditional recipes and meals
  • Provide practical cooking skills to participants
  • Raise awareness on differences and similarities of participating countries’ cultures and traditions
  • Provide young Europeans tools to reduce their impact on the environment through food choices

Who can apply?

Youngsters (18-30 years old) that…

  • … Are interested in food and sustainability (Participants with experience in or interest in this field will be prioritized)
  • … Speak some basic English (it will help you to follow the program. If needed you can be supported by another participant of your national team)
  • … Are residing in Germany (Participants with fewer opportunities will be prioritized)

Youth Exchange

Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy

01. – 12.06.2022

Deadline for applying: 20.04.2022
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Hosting Organisation

Associazione Kora (Italy)
Associazione Kora (Italy)

Associazione Kora was founded in August 2015 to promote social and cultural awareness for its members (mainly youth) through outdoor life, socialisation opportunities, nutrition and sustainability. Kora is situated in Passignano sul Trasimeno in the educational farm “La Buona Terra”, where it collaborates with other entities who have their activities on the farm. Kora was founded to offer activities that neither the cooperative nor the agricultural company can carry out.