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Good Campaign of the Week: Save the Flavors

Good Campaign of the Week is a regular feature that celebrates creative social good campaigns and ethical advertising. Each Monday, together with Branding Magazine, we highlight a new project from across the globe that demonstrates a positive social message with innovation at its heart – showcasing the brands and businesses using creativity to do well by doing good. 

Would you sink your teeth into an endangered species? This is the question posed by a new campaign asking consumers to rethink their approach on food consumption.

Eat Endangered Species

'Save the Flavors' Social Good Campaign

BBDO San Francisco and the organic food company Seeds of Change are encouraging people to save endangered plant varieties. The “Save the Flavors” campaign is focusing its efforts on the Cherokee Purple Tomato, a delicious variety which has been identified as being “at risk.” Seeds of Change are asking people to “Know It, Grow It, Eat It”—in other words to keep at-risk varieties alive via home horticulture. But it’s the latest stunt in the campaign that has people talking.

Chef, Hugh Acheson, invited people to the Empire State Building to try a particular tasting menu. The event was called “Endangered Eats,” and guests were told they would be served endangered species. The case study film shows some pretty nervous individuals signing up to attend the tasting, including one customer announcing “If they serve bald eagles I will not be happy.” The relief is palpable when the true nature of the endangered species is revealed. Even more so when it’s announced that by buying seeds yourself you can help to save these rare breeds.

The trick-event is a style of marketing we’re now fairly familiar with such as  Lidl's fake "Dill" restaurant being the most notable. It’s also reminiscent of the rather bonkers Lionfish campaign that picked up a Pencil at D&AD this year. It’s clearly a mechanism that works well at challenging preconceptions. Thankfully no pandas were harmed during the making of this campaign.

Watch 'Seeds Of Change: Save The Flavors | Cherokee Purple Tomato'

D&AD Impact seeks to identify and celebrate great, transformative ideas that contribute towards a better, fairer and more sustainable future for all. If you think you have a campaign that makes a real and positive difference to the world then why not enter it into D&AD Impact.

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