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開飛機從空中看美國農田

Farmland

I flew to the middle of the U.S. and saw the world’s largest agricultural area. From the sky, while viewing these vast and boundless farmlands, it was hard to imagine that the U.S. can have such an enormous agriculture in addition to the high-tech, the film industry, financial empire, and military might that it possesses.





There are 300 million people in the U.S., and the agricultural population accounts for 1% of that. In other words, 3 million are farming, and there are 3 billion arable acres being farmed, making the average land per farmer a whopping 1,000 acres! This shows the U.S. has a full scale of mechanized agriculture.



In the 1930’s, the U.S. Federal Farm Security Administration (FSA), hired photographers to shoot these farmlands from the air, using infrared film to observe the health of the crops. I watched these same farmlands from my plane, rolling by below like a piece of art, and want to share it with the world.


From Tucumcari, New Mexico, across Texas to Elk City

Elk city is a small town on Rte. 66, in the U.S. Upon landing, I see the town has preserved the bustling appearance of yester years.


農田

飛到了美國中部,看見了世界第一大農業國,從空中看這浩瀚漫無邊際的農田,很難想像美國除了高科技,電影工業,金融,軍事裝備,還可以有這麼強大的農業。


美國人口有三億多人,農業人口佔1%,也就是三百萬農業人口,卻有30億英畝耕地,平均每個人耕種面積有1000英畝地,這顯示了美國有著規模完整的機械化農業。


美國聯邦農業安全管理局(FSA),在30年代雇用了攝影師,從空中使用著紅外線底片拍攝,來觀察農作物的健康狀況。


我在飛機上看到這美妙的農田,就像一件件的藝術品

從新墨西哥州Tucumcari起飛,橫跨德州來到Oklahoma Elk City

Elk city 是美國66號公路的一個小鎮,鎮上保存了當年66公路繁華的樣貌




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