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Bell Museum Launches Hungry Planet Exhibit

October 28, 2009

Hungry PlanetOn Tuesday, October 20th, the Bell Museum launched its “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” exhibit with a Café Scientifique held at the Bryant Lake Bowl (a Heartland Food Network Member!).  The topic of the discussion was how, and if, agriculture can meet the world’s rising food and fuel consumption while reducing its negative environmental impact. The conversation was lead by Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

Throughout the presentation, Foley addressed common myths around land use, agricultural production and food consumption.   Foley argued that a dialogue on how to meet the growing population’s agricultural needs while also mitigating the enormous impact agriculture is urgent and necessary.  This dialogue will require involvement from all members of the “food spectrum”; from those who work to support local and organic production to large agribusinesses.   The audience attending the sold-out program inquired about topics ranging from the management of genetically modified organisms, to the rate of population growth, cultural norms around eating, and biofuels.Agriculture

This event is the first of many being held as part of “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”.  The exhibit runs until 2010 at the Bell Museum (10 Church St. SE in Minneapolis). Other upcoming events and programs (held each Thursday) include; an international snack tasting, film screenings, interviews with youth farmers and presentations by University professors.

For more about “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”, visit the Bell Museum’s Calendar of Events.Bell Museum of Natural History

To learn more about the Institute of the Environment and read the most recent publication of Momentum, visit the website.

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