“Phos­phor Tail­ings Pond #4, Near Lake­land, Flor­ida, USA, 2012”

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The fertilizers that make our agri­cul­tural in­dus­try pos­si­ble are sourced, in large part, from phos­phate sur­face mines. One of the most pro­duc­tive is in cen­tral Flor­ida, a short drive from the Magic King­dom. Thou­sands of hectares of land have been stripped of veg­e­ta­tion and wildlife to reach the phos­phate rock de­posits. The process of sep­a­rat­ing phos­phate from clay leaves tail­ings ponds, which are hos­pitable to al­gae and not much else. The Cen­ter for Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity claims that Flor­ida’s fer­til­izer com­pa­nies have ad­di­tion­ally pro­duced a bil­lion tonnes of ra­dioac­tive waste, which is stored in sink­hole-prone stacks atop the state’s aquifer.

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