OAS/GNT Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme

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

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

Dirt road                                  Coconut tree/leaves               Wild vines

Cabbage                                  Mango tree                               Hazy sky

Bamboo sticks (props)          Black water tank                      White barrel

Blue barrel (fallen)                 Terraced (raised) beds           Tire tracks

Brown grass                           Three bunches of bananas    Lettuce

Green shrubs                          Yellow flowers/leaves            Pickets

Banana shrubs                       White plastic bags                   Shadows

Bags of glicirida

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

The picture was taken to illustrate the modern methods of farm management to include the dangers of these farming techniques (the weedicides). It’s crazy to use such detrimental chemicals so close to vegetables that are normally eaten uncooked. This damaging modern agricultural technique contributes to our diseased society. Basically, the “Unhealthy Health Foods” photo echoes the notion that Grenada is ruthlessly influenced by external farming practices or techniques.

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

Initially, the ideas of support and damage come to the forefront of Grenada’s position in the local, regional, and global agricultural industry. In addition, the irony of growing produce for food security unfortunately becomes entangled in the web of food insecurity as a result of using dangerous weedicides too close to edible crops. Furthermore, local farmers in Grenada should take into consideration that diseased crops naturally lead to a diseased (dis-eased) population. By extension, traditional farming, mixed with unsafe, modern techniques, becomes a disaster that can be avoided in Grenada and elsewhere. The bamboo props refer to both Grenada’s craftiness and its sense of peer support. Unfortunately, Grenada’s depressive attitude is seen in the slightly overcast, yet bright intruding sky. However, a small glimpse of hope that is represented by the blue water barrel peers through the agricultural scene as if it were a passive witness to these farming offenses: the unwarranted death of plants and crops due to the use of harmful substances. Alternately, the fallen blue water barrel is also symbolic of loss hope. Besides, a curious link between the fallen water barrel in this “Unhealthy Health Foods” image and the “Pump Up Another Bill!” photo is now apparent. However, the water inconvenience issue in “Unhealthy Health Foods” is on a much smaller scale compared to the large-scale water scarcity problem in “Pump Up Another Bill!” In closing, it is probable that the above-mentioned agricultural misfortunes will have adverse effects concerning Grenada’s overall agribusiness output on the local, regional, and international markets, which will naturally spill over into the island-nation’s financial pockets.

PHOTO Title: Unhealthy Health Foods

Photograph Location: Rosemont, St. John’s

Photographer: Joan Charles