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Pablo Ernesto Piovano

In 1996, the Argentine government approved the use of genetically-modified soybeans and the use of herbicides containing glyphosate. Since then, arable land has become an experimental laboratory.

Fabian Tomasi was born in Basavilbaso,
a town in Entre Rio province, 300 km from the capital. He is now 51 years old and
has worked as a farm worker since the
age of 23.

He sprayed pesticides from his plane. Ten years ago, he was diagnosed with severe polyneuropathy. He can no longer eat food, walk properly, or use his hands.
Today, he lives with his 21-year-old daughter Nadia and his 80-year-old mother, Bety, who cares for him with love and self-sacrifice. Fabian is just one example of the human toll and silent massacre caused by the commercial success of large firms developing this type of agriculture and
processing.

The work of Pablo Ernesto Piovano received the 2015 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Documentary Photography grant. The last chapter of his work “Fabian Tomasi” has never been presented to the public and the publisher Kehrer has published his book in 2017. This work is an individual testimony, attack and resistance against one of the largest agrochemical companies. The photographer traveled across Argentina and visited dozens of villages to witness what he called the silent massacre.