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January 9th, 2013

Photo of The Day: Corn Syrup Shooters?

By Darcey Rakestraw

Corinne Rosen, a Food & Water Watch organizer in New York, serves up corn syrup in test tubes at the Foodopoly book launch. Staff and volunteer “waiters” engaged in performance art to depict the decaying diet of Americans and broken food system addressed in the book.

The Foodopoly invaded the James Beard House yesterday, replete with spray cheese, candy antibiotics and shot glasses full of corn syrup — all served with a side of snark.

What brought this motley crew of processed food products to the Beard House, a haven for foodies? It was the launch of Wenonah Hauter’s new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

In this photo, our New York organizer Corinne Rosen suited up to offer guests test tube shot glasses filled with corn syrup. In a display of performance art, she was joined by other staff and volunteer “waiters” offering guests “trisodium phosphate cheese product on partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil crackers” and candy tetracycline (guests were asked, “Have you had your daily dose of subtherapeutic antibiotics yet today?”) There was sustainable, local food featured as well to juxtapose the offerings served up by the Foodopoly.

See our Facebook page for more photos from the event. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Foodopoly yet, you can watch it here.

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