Saturday, October 27, 2007

"Corn: Powering the World" Exhibit Announced

The Indiana State Museum announced an upcoming exhibition with a strong agricultural story. Developed by the Indiana State Museum, “Corn: Powering the World” will open at the museum in August of 2009 and continue through January 2010 before traveling to other venues nationwide. The announcement was made to participants in Indianapolis at the national Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention.

According the museum:

From the food we eat to the cars we drive, energy from corn powers our world. Like the ancient civilizations that first cultivated it and revered it as a god, we too have come to depend on corn. Because this plant is so efficient at capturing sunlight and turning it into biomass, it can be used as a raw material to make an enormous variety of food and industrial products, including chewing gum, peanut butter, ethanol fuel, penicillin, soaps, adhesives and batteries.

In the exhibit, guests will see archaeological artifacts, discover how popcorn pops and determine how much corn it takes to power an Indy race car. A modern lab built into the exhibit will allow visitors to experience genetic engineering firsthand. “Corn: Powering the World” will shape how the public thinks about critical issues and help visitors understand how corn is rapidly becoming the most important plant ­breeding achievement of all time.


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