Global Salad : Famine Foods is based on Robert L. Freedman’s compilation of thousands of plants that people all over the world will eat, or more accurately, are forced to eat during times of famine. These plants are not normally considered crops or edible but are consumed in times of famine. What began for Freedman as an undergraduate anthropology study in 1966 is now a comprehensive list of plants and the socio-anthropological aspects of human food habits.
Global Salad is presented as an ironic trophy for our country so rich with food. The “salad” in this piece consists of strips of paper, each with a plant listed with the Latin name, vernacular name and preparation of the plant or parts of the plant for food or usage as food. Some of the plants might temporarily fill the stomach but have deleterious long-term effects such as diarrhea, paralysis or are even fatally poisonous.
An example: Aesculus turbinata, Vernacular names: Japanese Horse Chestnut-Tochi-no-ki; Japan: processed into flour during the period of scarcity immediately following World War II.
|Title||Global Salad: Famine Foods|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Author of Text/Poet||Robert L. Freedman|
|Image/ Illustration Process||Laser printed|
|Medium/ Materials||Walnut plaque base with green aluminum nameplate, antique china plate, 50’s fork, half of 50’s child’s globe|
|Paper Stock||Strathmore text-weight paper: 3 colors|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8 x 10 x 6 inches|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|