Beer floating at Suolijärvi, Tampere. Reunamedia 2015.
Denmark is the world’s biggest exporter of pork. Approximately 30 million pigs are produced in Denmark annually, and 90 percent of them are exported.
Being a world leader in exporting pig meat means efficiency in farming – and efficiency means big farms. The amount of pigs is constantly increasing in Denmark and the number of farms is going down.
When pigs are raised in these big, economically productive farms, it results in stressful conditions for animals and infections spreading easily from one animal to another if they are not treated. High volume production of pigs is therefore dependent on the use of antibiotics in animals.
The increasing use of antibiotics in both animals and humans have created increasing amount of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics. These resistant bacteria threaten the effective use of antibiotics all over the world.
According to WHO, without urgent action, we are heading towards a post-antibiotic era. Then common infections, which have been treatable for decades, can then once again kill people.
// A piglet is sleeping under a warming lamp in Kobberbølgaard, a pig farm in Vejle mid-Jutland, Denmark. //
Sanna Salo. 2011.
Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry. Reunamedia 2015.
Actor Arttu Soilumo. 2012.
Consumers have a big responsibility in preventing MRSA-bacteria from spreading.
Everything comes down to the fact that people are use to consuming very cheap meat. Producing cheap meat means growing farm sizes and a growing amount of antibiotics. And that leads to an increasing number of resistant bacteria.
If we want to go back to small farm sizes and raising pigs without antibiotics, consumers have to be ready to spend more money on the pork they eat.
Writer Riitta Jalonen. Aikalainen 2012.
Evening snack at Vaakon nakki. Utain 2013.
Dress rehearsal at a dance festival in Kuopio. Savon Sanomat 2013.
Barbara Poulsen, 56.
Charity dance for saving an old dance hall. Savon Sanomat 2013.
In April 2015 the Danish government released a four-year action plan to fight against the rapid spreading of MRSA from pig farms into the community.
The action plan includes reducing the use of antibiotics for pigs by 15 percent by year 2018, hygiene measures for everyone who works in piggeries and strengthened research in infection routes of pig-MRSA.
In pig farms the workers have to take good care of their hygiene. Clothes have to be changed every time entering and leaving the stable.
// Work clothes at a pig farm, Kobberbølgaard, in Vejle mid-Jutland, Denmark. //
Matthias Günther, 45.
"After a car accident six years ago I couldn't work full-time anymore, but I can see myself working here forever."
Iina Mäkelä. 2014.
"There is nothing to do at home. You can't wash laundry every day."
Rabea Gonnsen, 25.
Laura Kangasniemi. 2012.
Gallo Garden in Risskov Denmark offers work for people who can’t fit into society and normal working environment.
People working in the garden have different backgrounds of mental health issues and unemployment. In Gallo Garden they have an opportunity to become a part of a community and find a meaning in their lives.
Project was exhibited at Aarhus Independent Pixels 2015.
Kuopio RockCock. Savon Sanomat 2013.
Traditional farmer festival. Savon Sanomat 2013.
Butoh-artists Masha Salangina and Osku Leinonen. Katse 2014.
Kobberbølgaard, a pig farm in Vejle mid-Jutland Denmark, gives a good example of the size of a modern Danish farm: 800 hectares and 1,000 sows giving birth to 35,000 piglets every year.