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
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.
I enjoyed a few of the interactive features, one involving the scent of different spices and herbs, until I got to this one:
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:
3,774 – calorie intake available per day per person
69.4% of the population overweight
$159.18 – this family’s weekly food expenditure
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
There were also less serious more light-hearted features of the exhibit like this one:
Lots of good and interesting information, I think it was well-worth dodging strollers and tourists for a few hours.