Global Kitchen

This weekend I went up to the American Museum of Natural History to check out a new exhibit called: Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

global kitchen

It is an exploration of, “the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world”. [source]

It was a really interesting exhibit and I highly recommend checking it out, even if you aren’t a food/nutrition nerd like me. Just don’t go during a holiday weekend. Stroller City.

The exhibit had information about all the different aspects of food – everything from the history of what we eat, to food culture, to agriculture, to health and environmental issues and even a cooking demonstration.

How to grow greens indoors!

How to grow greens indoors!

The gardens of the future

The gardens of the future

info

I enjoyed a few of the interactive features, one involving the scent of different spices and herbs, until I got to this one:

least favorite thing ever

least favorite thing ever

Ick.

Another interesting area of the exhibit showed the average calorie intake available per day per person, % of the population overweight, and an example of a typical family’s weekly food expenditure and how this varies across the world. There were 10 to 15 different countries illustrated but I only took these 2 (low quality) pictures – in case you can’t see what it says, here are the stats:

United States

3,774 – calorie intake available per day per person

69.4% of the population overweight

$159.18 – this family’s weekly food expenditure

India

2,459 – calorie intake available per day per person

11.2% of the population overweight

$39.27 (in US dollars) – this family’s weekly food expenditure

Facts

There were also less serious more light-hearted features of the exhibit like this one:

why don't we do this today?

why don’t we do this today?

Lots of good and interesting information, I think it was well-worth dodging strollers and tourists for a few hours.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Misc, NYC

One response to “Global Kitchen

  1. Lindsay

    Crazy that the average calorie intake in America is 2x the recommended number!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s