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How To Eat a GMO
Zack Denfeld

The video above was part of the Portland Ignite public lecture series and was included with 20 or so other lectures at the Baghdad Theater in Portland. The video recounts a two week-long project based class conducted in Bangalore, India and a three week long residency at a new media center in Gijon, Spain and an ongoing cooking show that is broadcast online.

Zack Denfeld is an artist and teacher. He is helping launch a new MFA in Collaborative Design ( at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. He is currently doing research in Norway and returning to the U.S. in the spring of 2011.

The Center for Genomic Gastronomy is an independent research institute engaged in exploring, examining and understanding the genomes and biotechnologies that make up the human food systems of planet earth. We are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge at the intersection of food, culture, ecology and technology. The Center presents its research through public lectures, research publications, meals and exhibitions.

The Center has worked in Spain, India & the United States to create access to the documents, ideas, artifacts and organisms related to agricultural biotechnology, agricultural biodiversity and agricultural policy & law. Using a lens of food, cuisine and gastronomy allows groups of eaters, activists, artists and cooks to ask questions about biotechnology, farming and food in new ways. When direct experience of organisms or molecular bioforensics is impossible because organisms are unavailable, our research has relied on data mining and remote bioforensics.

Our current research is contesting the expected and normative use of transgenic animals by cooking with pet fish ( and curating a suite of genomic gastronomy meals in Northern Europe.

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We would like to participate in the workshop and if appropriate, serve a Genomic Gastronomy meal, demonstrating some of the ways we have done research and asking for new questions or inquiries about biotechnology from eaters, activists and researchers in the process.

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