The Ground Our Food Eats: Industrial Fertilizer Production in the USA

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5377 Phosphate mine, Bone Valley, Florida. CLUI photo

Plants get some of what they need from air and water, but the rest comes from the ground, often from a nearly inert soil that is reconstructed and recharged with fertilizers between each planting. In industrial agriculture, which provides 95% of the food Americans eat, these inorganic elements are mined, rather than grown–extracted using open pits and underground mines, and from fossil fuels pulled out of the earth. The ultimate source of our food, you could say, are the places where the nutrients that make our food come from: the ground our food eats.

ON DISPLAY AT CLUI LOS ANGELES FROM AUGUST 10, 2018

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
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