These products are those that Italy produces,” he said. “An increase in interest in this type of lifestyle can only be good for Italy.”

Sebastiano Venneri, vice chairman of pressure group based in Rome Legambiente environment, said the announcement will help to Italy in their strengths.

“Italy never going to compete in a global market if the task is to produce things with low wages and the economy will not grow due to cheap energy and natural resource abundance,” Venneri said.

“However, one of Italy ‘s strengths is high quality and healthy food and wine products. This is an area where Italy is one of the world’ s leaders,” Venneri said.

The approval also is part of a broader set of changes for UNESCO, which is best known for the determination of the buildings, monuments and other sites as worthy of protection as a World Heritage Site.

More recently, the United Nations organization has begun to recognize what he calls “intangible” parts of the world heritage.

Among the traditions acknowledged Tuesday, along with the Mediterranean diet are dancing scissors Peru, Korea Gagok lyrics, jumping procession of Echternach in Luxembourg, and acupuncture and traditional Peking opera of China. In total, UNESCO ‘s list now includes 47 so-called intangibles.

If the move is a boost for the Italian economy, which will be a welcome. A week ago, ISTAT, the Italian National Statistics Institute reported that economic growth in Italy this year would be only 1.0 percent compared to 2009, the first positive growth in Italy in three years.

Despite modest growth, the economy is still expected to be lower at the end of this year than it was in late 2004.

During the period, the Italian food and agriculture have been below the economy as a whole, as many Italians have responded to the erosion of their purchasing power in part by spending less on high-end cuisine.

Source: Xinhua