Gainesville, FL (November 5, 2019) - The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention announced today that its new Food Revolution museum-wide theme runs now through January 5, 2020. The Food Revolution theme was chosen because of its significance to the state economy and global conversation on sustainability. More than 20% of Floridians are employed in agriculture and related industries, and food production and distribution must keep pace with the needs of our global population to support a thriving society.
“The United Nations reports that to keep pace with population growth, we will need to harvest more food during the next 50 years than was harvested in the past 10,000 years combined,” noted Stephanie Bailes, Executive Director of the Cade Museum. “We are facing a Food Revolution, and emerging innovations will enhance our ability to produce food, and for the sake of our planet, do so in an increasingly sustainable way.”
In addition to new micro-exhibits in the central Rotunda, hands-on food-themed activities are offered in the Cade's Creativity and Fab Labs. Visitors can interact with theme Sponsor AGCO’s Fuse technology and learn how farm equipment and operations are managed through a single technology platform to optimize farm efficiency and reduce waste. Visitors can also experience what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of a farming combine by using the museum’s simulator. To provide an up-close view, Lake City’s Hobo Tractor dealership has provided a Massey Ferguson Tractor, which will be on display during the theme.
“AGCO is excited to partner with the Cade Museum to help visitors understand how farmers are utilizing new technology to provide food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and shelter over our heads. We look forward to helping educate today’s youth to spark their curiosity and encourage them to learn about a potential future in Agriculture,” said Alt Ash, AGCO Field Execution Manager.
Gator Hydroponics has also generously donated a hydroponic unit, which demonstrates how farmers are growing food without soil, large amounts of water, or pesticides. The Gator Hydroponics unit will remain in the museum after our Food Revolution theme to help educate children during school field trips for years to come.
A broad range of programs and events at the Cade will also support the Food Revolution theme, including:
4-H “FEEDING THE FUTURE PANEL”: Friday, 11/22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO of the National 4-H Council, will moderate a FREE panel discussion on educating youth to shape the future of food, with esteemed food experts/panelists: Dr. R. Kirby Barrick, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Michelle Curts, Leadership Programs Coordinator, Florida Farm Bureau; Dr. Christopher DeCubellis, UF/IFAS Florida 4-H State Specialized Agent - Dairy and Animal Sciences; Travis Mitchell, Food Systems Specialist, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program; Shelby Sumner, Florida 4-H State Officer, Okeechobee County 4-H and Hunter Williams, Florida 4-H State Officer, Union County 4-H.
This is a perfect panel discussion for educators, parents, and anyone interested in food-related issues. Learn more and register for this FREE event today at bit.ly/feedingpanel
About The Cade
In 2004, Dr. James Robert Cade and his family established the Cade Museum Foundation to build the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Gainesville, Florida. The Cade’s mission is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Dr. Cade, a physician at the University of Florida, was best known as the leader of a research team that invented Gatorade in 1965. The Cade Museum is open to the public and located at 811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Learn more at CadeMuseum.org, or contact Sue Draddy at 203.247.2106.