Junk food is bad for plants, too
How a steady diet of fertilizers has turned crops into couch potatoes. Most of us are familiar with the much-maligned Western diet and its mainstay of processed food products found in the middle aisles of the grocery store. Worryingly, we're not the only ones eating it — there is a botanical version of this that crops grown in the developed world are consuming too. Biologist Anne Biklé and geomorphology professor David R. Montgomery explore in Nautilus.