The « Banquet de l’Humanité » (the dining table of the world)
is a scenograhic sculpture. 
It is located in the center of the Agropolis Museum
.

The Banquet de l'Humanité


The purpose of this banquet is  to show one of  the major problems of our time : How to feed mankind properly.

This banquet is set on a large « table » actually  representing the soils. Furrows circle around the centre of this scenic sculpture. At the very center, a circle of water is topped by a miniature of the planet earth painted with the oceans and the continents.

The earth produces our foods and each year renews the process. Water is everywhere ; it makes the earth productive and stops people’s thirst.

Around this table are seated eight couples (men and women), representing the eight main food consumption models of the world. The models were selected according to nutritional data from the FAO.

  • A group of three poor countries, with a low income and a low rate of food production are presented first : Bangladesh, Somalia, Rwanda.

  • A second group of three countries with an average income and a medium rate of food production are Colombia, Argentina and Portugal.
  • A final group of two rich  countries completes the scene: Japan and France.
Each food complex is illustrated by diagrams, tables with data and videotapes, in order to explain the staple diet as a fundamental part of the food consumption model.

But not everybody can be seated around the table : Some are excluded from the banquet of Nature as Malthus used to say. Two excluded characters stand naked on opposite side of the table, a man and a woman, naked. The woman streches her hand forward as a symbol of cooperation ; the man holds up a fist as a symbol of protest.

The ongoing struggle for food remains unfinished on a worldwide scale.


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