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Strange Fruit

In America, food and science have become strange bedfellows. 
The possibilities opened to scientists with the mapping of DNA leaves us hurtling forward into uncharted territory, without knowing what the effects of these developments might bring.  Currently in North America you can buy tomatoes enhanced with pig genes, corn that produces it’s own pesticide, and strawberries containing genetic markers from fish.  No one really knows the end result of these transgenic mutants, for human or environmental health, or what would happen if these experiments wind up as the most non-native species in any microcosm.

These works were installed in 2011 at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the exhibition Hungry Planet.  Unfortunately, they did not survive the experience, as an unknown creature living in the conservatory found them an irresistable snack.

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