The Makers of Neonicotinoids

by Freddie Yauner

Why Pollen?

Rainforests, plains and prairies are being destroyed by industrial agriculture as man demands more meat.

“The livestock sector is by far the single largest anthropogenic user of land... the total area dedicated to feedcrop production amounts to 33 percent of total arable land. In all, livestock production accounts for 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.”

As pollen disperses it leaves a permanent fossil record in the earth’s layers. Future geologists will see pollen monocultures in the rock where previously there was enormous biodiversity - lasting evidence of man’s impact on the world.

Industrial agriculture uses increased pesticides which kill pollinators. So the bees who collect pollen and fertilise thirty percent of the world’s food are disappearing.

An interest in industrial agriculture’s environmental impact led
me to pollen. I started collecting different forms of pollen and discovered its delicate and unpredictable colours. I couldn’t help but use it as pigment.

“Livestock’s Long Shadow: environmental issues and options”. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome 2006

Freddie Yauner - 2018 Pollen on board 180 x 240mm (each)

Freddie Yauner - 2018 Pollen on board 180 x 240mm (each)

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Freddie Yauner

Henry Carroll graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2005. He is a photographer, writer and author of the ‘Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs’ series. First published in 2014 by Laurence King, this best-selling series has sold over 600,000 copies across 17 languages. Henry’s latest book, ‘Photographers on Photography; How The Masters See, Think & Shoot’, is in stores now. Originally from London, Henry is now based in Los Angeles