Junk Food Is Bad For Plants, Too – Anne Biklé & David R. Montgomery – Nautilus


How a steady diet of fertilizers has turned crops into couch potatoes.

We end up with big fat high-yielding crops that look good on the outside but are poor in minerals on the inside.

Soils rich in organic matter are like human diets rich in fiber. Each is an important food source for the root and gut microbiomes, respectively.

Tinkering with time-tested arrangements turns plants into botanical slackers.