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PHOTOVOICE PROMPT #4: This is not the Grenada I once Knew

What do you see here? (Addressed to the whole group)

Plastic   –    Crix package

Garbage   –    Matchbox

Raindrops   –    Busta (soda) bottle

Wet cardboard   –    Condensation (inside plastic bag)

Peanut package   –    Papers

Du Maurier cigarette pack   –    Colors: red, brown, blue, black, green

Why did you take this photo? (Addressed to the photographer)

This photograph shows the commercialized alternative to “real” food. These “things” some people think is food is really (and truly) poisoning us. The Grenada I once knew used to eat “real” food that was far more nutritious/healthy and contributed to a longer and stronger quality of life. If we do not stop this (junk food consumption) it will eventually eradicate the human family.

What is really happening here? (Addressed to the whole group—alternatively what does the photograph represent?)

The title of the photograph: “humanicide” (which is “an act of [state] homicide combined with [individual] suicide”) connotes “population control”, which is simultaneously associated with control (of the present and mostly the future) and lack of control (of the present and mostly the past). Because of the global issue of overpopulation, governments, institutions, and companies have collaborated to reduce the international population by supplying people with an overabundance of unhealthy foods and products. Grenadians are no exception when it comes to consuming international, regional, and local processed foods and goods or guilty pleasures that are poisonous and harmful to our health as well as to our environment, which bring to mind the adage: “no health, no wealth”, regarding both economic and cultural values. Besides, the excessive use of junk food is linked to pollution at its highest level and Grenada is left not only with high waste management expenses, but also with high import costs. Moreover, the discarded packaging from the imported foods and products serve as free advertisements for the owners and manufacturers of these goods. Nonetheless, the plus side is that organizations, merchants, middlemen, and shopkeepers make their livelihood from the export-import business.

PHOTO Title: Humanicide

Photograph Location: Clozier, St. John’s

Photographer: Horace George

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