Spring 2022

AtlasSoil & Water PollutionEce Emanetoglu and Nadia Nika

In summer 2021 both popular initiatives “For clean drinking water and healthy food” and “A Switzerland without artificial pesticides” were rejected by the same number of voters, around 60%. Although traces of fungicide remedies had been found in drinking water in 2020, the one did not trace back the interlinked systems, cycles, and cause-effect relationships in the environment. The result of the 2021 referendum indicates the way of thinking of society: the productive actors are not yet convinced to return to cleaner alternatives. This atlas reveals the ideological background and common memory of the agricultural pollution, systemic interdependencies of the soil-water cycle, and the institutional protection policies around them.