Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. An exhibit to see at the Bell Museum

posted Apr 23, 2010, 10:14 AM by Stephanie Hankerson
This posting is special to SECIA, written by volunteer Jessica Glomstad.

The Bell Museum on the U of M campus is currently hosting the "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" exhibit until May 9th. The museum is open until 9pm on Thursdays and is free for U of M
students. The "Hungry Planet" exhibit delves into the different foods eaten and cultural practices of countries around the world. From the United States to Ecuador to Poland the exhibit has pictures of markets around the world and typical prices of different foods. Also, the amount of money that typical families from different countries spend on groceries each week will surprise you! A German family of four spends $500 a week on food, while a family in Africa spends about $17 U.S. each week! Families from the United States fall in the middle with average weekly grocery bills of $350. The exhibit also breaks down the amount of money each family spends on each food group.

Something that I found really interesting were the foods that were visible in almost all of the cultures like Coca-Cola. Even though the languages were different, the classic Coca-Cola bottle showed up on many families' tables across the globe!! Anyone interested in learning more about food and sources of food in other countries and how the United States measures up should definitely stop by the Bell Museum soon, the exhibit departs on May 9th!!

Bell Museum Hours:
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m. FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL ON SUNDAYS!!!