Project: The genetic engineering of the tomato named the “Flavr Savr” is proclaimed as a triumph of biotechnologies applied to food production. This is because the altered tomato tastes sweeter and lasts longer. Furthermore, it can be grown efficiently and at low cost. Food scientists believe that this kind of food technology offers the greatest hope for halting world hunger.

Project: The genetic engineering of the tomato named the “Flavr Savr” is proclaimed as a triumph of biotechnologies applied to food production. This is because the altered tomato tastes sweeter and lasts longer. Furthermore, it can be grown efficiently and at low cost. Food scientists believe that this kind of food technology offers the greatest hope for halting world hunger. Despite these claims, Dory, Fournier, the Harrisons, Lee, and Sherk defy the industrialization and engineering of food by subscribing to ‘artisan’ food production. The artisan movement promotes local ingredients, hand-crafting, small-scale production, and local culinary traditions. As a class project, join them by organizing an artisanal pot-luck. Bring only foods prepared from ingredients that are grown (not processed) and local. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the product!

Research / Discussion: The technologies that contribute to the industrial production of the food are not limited to agricultural machinery such as tractors and combines. Biotechnologies and agrochemicals, for example, play a prominent role in current food production. Likewise, computer networks and specialized software play significant roles in transporting perishable foods across global markets. Finally, consider regulation, lobbying, research-and-development, insurance, credit, marketing, packaging, public relations, transportation, distribution, warehousing, tariffs, taxes, etc. as other components of food technologies. Select a project conducted by Critical Art Ensemble, Superflex, or Tissue Culture & Art Project. How might the components of this expanded definition of food technology affect it?