2019 Photo Contest, Environment, 2nd Prize

God’s Honey


Nadia Shira Cohen

26 October, 2018

The Ham family children pay a visit to their cousins, at one of the settlements in El Temporal camp, in Hopelchén, Campeche, Mexico. Mennonite families may comprise between eight and fifteen children and are traditionally tight-knit, with the extended family providing the social fabric of daily life.

Mennonite farmers growing soy in Campeche, on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, are allegedly adversely impacting the livelihood of local Mayan beekeepers. The Mennonites farm large tracts of land in the area. Environmental groups and honey producers say that the introduction of genetically modified soy and use of the agrochemical glyphosate endangers health, contaminates crops, and reduces the market value of honey by threatening its ‘organic’ label. Soy production also leads to deforestation, as land is increasingly bought for farming, further affecting bee populations.

About the photographer

Nadia Shira Cohen

Nadia Shira Cohen (1977) is a freelance photojournalist from Boston, United States.  As a contributor to The New York Times, National Geographic, Harpers and many interna...

Technical information

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Focal length
35 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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