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Agriculture of poisons. Your price for humans.FREE LISTING
Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 18 o'clock | Admission free | ID required
On the occasion of the forthcoming decision on the new approval of the controversial pesticide glyphosate in the European Union, the Friends of Willy-Brandt-Haus shows the exhibition agriculture of poisons. Your price for humans. with photographs by Pablo E. Piovano. The photographer documents the consequences of 20 years of indiscriminate use of agrochemicals in rural northeastern Argentina and its catastrophic impact on humans and their environment.
Humanity involuntarily participates in one of the largest experiments worldwide. Glyphosate is the world's best selling herbicide. It is omnipresent in the food chain. In particular, the import of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant feed from, for example, Argentina, causes it to enter the human organism. Over a million people in the EU have already signed a petition against the EU's new registration of a chemical related to cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm. It is about protecting the health of humanity and its survival.
In 1996, the Argentine government approved the cultivation of transgenic soybeans and the use of glyphosate herbicides on genetically modified crops, relying solely on proprietary studies from Monsanto. After almost two decades, when one-third of the country's population was directly or indirectly affected by glyphosate spraying, Argentina has become a field study of toxic catastrophes.
Pablo Ernesto Piovano lives as a photojournalist in Buenos Aires, Argentina and works as a photographer for the newspaper Página / 12. He has received numerous scholarships and awards, including at the Festival Internacional de la Imagen in Mexico, the International Photography Awards, the International Photojournalism Prize of Days Japan and the Sustainability Award at the LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hanover.
I visited this exhibition in the Willy-Brandt-Haus last week. Entry is free, but you'll need to take photo ID. The ground floor of the building was used for the exhibition of photos taken by Pablo Piovano. There is also a small selection of well known images taken by Eugene Smith from his time documenting the mercury poisoning in the Japanese village of Minamata.
Upstairs, at the time of my visit, was an exhibition of photographs from the Sony World Photography Awards.
Both exhibitions were well worth visiting and will be of interest to any keen photographer.