Concrete & Grassland

300 Bushels Per Acre       Pamela Pilcher  •  Portland, Oregon, USA

300 Bushels Per Acre
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33 x 40 inches (photos by Rebecca Pilcher-Cleland)

Mid-century American agricultural policies promoted “fencerow to fencerow” farming and the goal of 300 bushels per acre. Agriculture moved from small, diversified family farms to large single crop factories. As livestock was phased out, the fences and wildlife habitat disappeared too. Maize, the humble grain cultivated by indigenous peoples for centuries, was transformed through use of millions of dollars of fertilizer, herbicides, and genetic modification. Today, corn is used in the production of an amazing array of consumer items with only a tiny fraction used for human consumption. The soft lines of this landscape are human engineered in more ways than one.

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