One June morning my wife and I watched from the kitchen window as a juvenile blackbird hopped around the garden. She spotted the only fully ripe strawberry in our garden, one we had been anticipating harvesting for ourselves. After a few tentative, exploratory pecks she devoured the entire thing with enthusiastic gusto. There was a moment, just as the blackbird scrutinized the fruit but before she decided to eat it, when we could have opened the back door to frighten her away. It was a moment of ambivalence that is fundamental to discussions around food production and the environment. Because a blackbird that eats strawberries also eats snails, and a human that eats strawberries also eats salad.
Richard Collins • Pippa Healy • Laetitia Kamayi • Reka Komoli • Katie Longley • Thomas Nicolaou • Anthony Prevost • Blerim Racaj • Catherine Sanderson • Jennifer Wang Lei • Huang Yu •