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FIFDH - Pesticides: is the environment poisoned?

13/03/2018 - 18:30

The FIFDH is the leading international event dedicated to film and human rights. For the past 15 years, the festival has taken place in the heart of Geneva, the human rights capital, parallel to the annual main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.

Film & debate co-presented with the Public Eye and the Délégation Genève Ville Solidaire

Although legal, open-air testing of chemical weed killers remains extremely controversial as the practice contaminates indiscriminately both the environment and the population.

Now controlled by Chinese company ChemChina, Basel-based agro-chemical company Syngenta and its local subcontractors have transformed large areas of agricultural land in Hawaii into experimental field sites. Air, land, and water are being contaminated. The island’s residents have organised but have come up against the power and influence of those multinational corporations. How to guarantee the people’s right to a safe and healthy environment? Should regulations and the existing laws be strengthened?

In their meticulously researched documentary Poisoning Paradise, filmmakers Keely Shaye Brosnan recounts the transformation of Hawaii from agricultural land to testing grounds for the powerful agro-chemical industry and the response of the many communities who are trying to reclaim their land, their health and their right to live in a safe environment.


Laurent Gaberell | Expert in agriculture and biodiversity, Public Eye

Gary Hooser | Former Hawaii State Senator and current President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action
Baskut Tuncak | Special Rapporteur on the human rights implications of environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous products and wastes
Un.e représentant.e de Syngenta |

Moderated by
Maren Peters | Journalist and editor of the economic section, SRF

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