Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New at the DSC: The Junk Food Wall

We call it food, but what exactly are we eating when we grab a breakfast bar to-go or snack on bag of chips? Call it fast, convenient, packaged or processed, much of what we eat today is no longer the product of nature but of food science. Standing as a commentary on the nutritional value of the food we eat, the Junk Food Wall is an imposing 10x10 foot glass structure chock-filled with cartons, wrappers and packages of the products that fill our grocery carts. Posing the questions, What is junk food, health food, real food, and diet food, sixteen playful interactive peek-thru windows allow visitors to test their ability to read nutrition labels and guess from the ingredients listed what the food is inside the wall.

Come see it in person and count how many of your favorite foods you find as you scan the junk food wall! It will get you thinking about the role convenience foods play your diet - not to mention how much trash is created from the packaging of these foods.

So "Diet Food" equals "Healthy," right? Not so fast...

What did YOU have for breakfast this morning?

How many of these items are currently in your cupboard?

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