ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, U.S. — Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, announced on Dec. 7 support of the Saint Louis Science Center's recently announced permanent exhibit on agriculture. Bunge is contributing $1 million over five years to the exhibit titled "GROW," which will teach visitors about food from farm to fork.
"Agriculture touches every life, every day in the food we eat, and it is important to give everyone an opportunity to understand how the food value chain works," said Todd Bastean, president and chief executive officer (CEO), Bunge North America. "As a leading agrifood company with roots in St. Louis, Bunge is proud to help the Saint Louis Science Center highlight how agriculture will meet the growing global demand for food."
In addition to financial support, Bunge employees will offer industry expertise to the Science Center team developing the exhibit, which will include more than 40 exhibits about agriculture and economics, chemistry, culture, technology and life sciences – all in a permanent one-acre site that includes indoor and outdoor experiences. Bunge employees will also provide ongoing volunteer support to the exhibit, the first major addition of a permanent exhibit by the Saint Louis Science Center since 1991.
"We are grateful to Bunge not only for its financial commitment but for the company's willingness to provide real working knowledge of the food supply chain from the producer to the processors to the consumer," said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center. "Through this partnership, visitors will have a better understanding of how food moves from the field to the table and the challenges we face to make sure the world has enough to eat."
The exhibit is expected to be open next summer.