I submitted this image for my Food Illustration Assignment for my Photojournalism class, which I posted one of my favorite “out-takes” of last week. Not an easy read right away but compelling enough to keep the viewer’s attention long enough to read the headline — I’m paraphrasing my instructor’s comments during critique.
Consumers, wrapped in fear and superstition, reject BASF’s genetically modified potatoes. The illustration depicts the struggle of European nations to accept genetically engineered food products cultivated by BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, and the company’s uphill battle to win consumer approval. Based off the article “Saving Potatoes, and starving people too – if permitted” published on November 1, 2011, the illustration relates the fight the company faces against consumer’s longstanding aversion, despite the lack of negative side effects and the potential benefits the food may provide. (http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsid.3132/news_detail.asp) (Photo by: Anna Eyler)