©2023 Eric Wielo

Strange Fruit

(photography, archival prints)

In our global food system food can be caught in one country, processed and packed in another, distributed and consumed in another. The average item of food travels 1500 miles from farm to table and is responsible for 29% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions. Yet in America, less the 3% of the population are considered healthy, while more and more food companies are being consolidated into a handful of massive conglomerates.

With companies patenting genes, designing self-terminating seeds, collecting DNA on a massive scale and creating new life in the lab, who really does have the right to claim nature and food as their own?

Strange Fruit wrestles with some of these questions and the disconnection from our seemly mundane and yet highly mystical food system.