Afternoon Snack 9.27.12
This week on Afternoon Snack: get up close (and we mean really close) and personal with your food, and learn what bacon, corn, and GMOs have to do with each other.
Artist Caren Alpert is imaging familiar food items with an electron microscope, and the effect is wholly alien. From the artists’ statement:
I’ve made a living over the last decade capturing mostly recognizable images of food. Now I want to show what is there, but what we never actually see: landscapes, patterns and textures that ignite a completely different response from the viewer.
Photographs taken with electron microscopes have seized my interest because of their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. This medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food – and consumers of food – as part of a larger eco-system.
Have you heard yet about the impending bacon shortage? US droughts affecting corn and soybean crops have led to steep increases in feed costs, which in turn have led pig farmers to cull their herds. But there is still hope–scientists are using transgenics to develop crops that can withstands droughts. What’s that? You’re terrified of GMOs? Even though “there is no credible scientific evidence that GMOs pose a health risk”? Just try not to let your distrust of Monsanto pollute the field of science communication.
Featured image: electron microscope image of a pineapple leaf, by Caren Alpert