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“Our Global Kitchen” at AMNH

After viewing the restored Dioramas on Sunday, I rested up on a bench in the Reptile Hall for a bit then took a turn round the Global Kitchen exhibit nearby. It is an exhibit full of interesting statistics and facts about our developement of food resources to keep pace with the burgeoning world population. It forecast a population of nine billion by the year 2050! (Malthus will be churning in his grave!) on view.  It also points to the follies and successes of our efforts.  However, the Sunday crowds slowed the progress through the exhibit and I will return to it midweek and read the captions at my leisure.

I did watch the short video about the current trends in global food production and consumption.  It is surely absurd that one tenth or so of the world’s population suffers hunger while one-third is overweight or obese! Obesity is a worldwide problem.

The following pictures give only a brief idea of the scope of the material

Enlarge the pictures by clicking on each for the greatest detail

Ethnic settings

Ethnic settings

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Pre-colonial American foods

Pre-colonial American foods

Free tastings

Free tastings

Diorama of life in a pre-colonial food market

Diorama of life in a pre-colonial food market

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No problem with obesity then!

No problem with obesity then!

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