Cartoonists protest at food adulteration in group show

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:57, Oct 13,2017

 
 

A visitor at the exhibition. — New Age photo

Every human being has the right to healthy food. However, adulteration in food has become a common thing now-a-days as some immoral businessmen are engaging in the unethical practice for making profit.
Food adulteration not only decreases the quality of food products but also causes health problems.
It can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, headache and vomiting. Adulterated milk can cause kidney failure and pneumonia.
To protest at food adulteration a group of cartoonists from Bangladesh Cartoonist Association is holding a three-day cartoon exhibition titled ‘Bangladesh Cartoon Fest 2017’ at Drik Gallery in the capital city. The exhibition features a total of 57 cartoons on the subject of food adulteration. Among the displayed cartoons 52 have been done by noted cartoonists, while 15 have been drawn by up and coming artists.
The cartoonists have addresses different aspects of food adulteration in their displayed works. The thought provoking cartoons highlight different issues including use of harmful chemicals like formalin in food items, how food adulteration affects our health and others.
Noted cartoonist Mehedi Haque’s displayed cartoon shows a wicked wholesaler selling adulterated fruits to retailers. However, his wife later buys the same chemical treated fruits from a retailer in the market and the wholesaler dies after eating them.
Celebrated cartoonist Nasrin Sultana Mitu’s cartoon shows a fictional reaper selling chemical treated fish at a cheap price in the market.
Abu Hasan’s cartoon shows two bees mocking a poster that reads ‘We sell pure honey’.
Morshed Mishu’s displayed cartoon shows fruits and vegetables protesting at the use of harmful preservatives and formalin.
Ahsan Habib, eminent cartoonist and also editor of Cartoon Magazine Unmad, inaugurated the exhibition as the chief guest on Thursday. ‘Cartoons are popular among people from all walks of life. Therefore, it can be used as an effective medium to address different social issues,’ he said.
The displayed cartoon works at the exhibition are available for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the Rohingya refugees. The exhibition will remain open from 3pm to 8pm till today.

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