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February 7, 2010 For immediate release

Food for Thought from the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Ottawa, Ontario — The Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) introduces two back-to-back food-related exhibitions to start off the year: Hungry Planet and Food for Health, serving up plenty of opportunities to evaluate the way we eat.

Hungry Planet opens a revealing window onto the human condition and provides visitors with an opportunity to reflect on some of the major issues challenging our planet: nutrition, famine, drought, poverty, power, and globalization.

This fascinating photographic exhibition, produced by the Montreal Science Centre, features the eating habits of 25 families from 21 countries around the world. It is based on the book titled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, written by Faith D’Aluisio, with photographs by Peter Menzel.

“The Canada Science and Technology Museum continues to provide a national forum on contemporary issues, in order to foster a culture that values and promotes scientific research and technological innovation,” says Claude Faubert, Director General of the Canada Science and Technology Museum. “Through special exhibitions such as these, we are proud to be able to facilitate ties between people and institutions throughout Canada, while contributing to the dissemination of knowledge on science, technology and culture.”

While Hungry Planet allows visitors to discover the extent to which food and the sharing of food are integral parts of the global culture, Food for Health offers a Canadian perspective on food choices and food safety.

The Food for Health exhibition and its companion website foodforhealth.ca, produced by the Canada Agriculture Museum in 2007, take a fresh look at the foods we eat and answer many of the questions Canadians have about their food choices, food safety and the role food plays in ensuring good health.

Hungry Planet will be on display until April 18, 2010, and Food for Health will be presented from March 6 to April 18, 2010.

Food for Health is presented nationally by the Canada Agriculture Museum and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education.

As keepers of Canada’s scientific and technological collection, we help all generations to experience the past, explore the present and imagine the future by engaging them in the rich cultural connections between science, technology and society. The Museum is open daily until Labour Day, and after September 1 Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.50; $3.50 for children (ages 4–14); $5.00 for students and seniors; $18.00 for families (2 adults and 3 children); children under 4 are free. The Canada Science and Technology Museum is located at 1867 St Laurent Boulevard and offers free onsite parking. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please visit sciencetech.technomuses.ca or call 613-991-3044.

Contacts

Kelly Ray
Canada Science and Technology Museum
613-949-5732
kray@technomuses.ca