təˈmātō, təˈmätō is about the growing debate concerning genetically modified foods, also known as GMOs. The artist has invited her audience to take part in the discussion by educating themselves with the literature provided and then making an informed decision in answer to her question: Should foods that contain GMOs be labeled? This project is a way for the artist to offer a visual platform to reopen the dialog here in Orange County and for OC3 viewers to weigh in on this important issue.
As of right now, 64 countries worldwide have mandatory labeling laws. Currently over half of the United States has proposed legislation to regulate GMO labeling. On November 6, 2012 California voted on Prop 37, a bill to label genetically modified foods; it did not pass. The labeling of GMO foods would not outlaw their production but would simply provide the consumer with more information about what type of food they are choosing to eat and feed their families.
- Kimberly McKinnis