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Something minimalist today, bordering on abstract.
Agricultural fields east of Ankara airport. Obviously the brown fields are fallow and ploughed, the light green recently harvested, and the dark green ready to harvest. Barley, wheat, cotton, corn, potatoes and onions used to be grown in sufficient quantities to feed the domestic market and export the rest overseas. Today, a lot has to be imported as only 15% of people are now engaged in agriculture, and millions have moved to the big cities in search of more profitable work. May 2019 "Because the Turkish currency dropped around 40 percent in less than a year, the price of fuel oil, seeds, fertilizers and other essential goods went up, reducing even more the already low profit margins". Government subsidies were also cut or annulled completely.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16827 W: 1065 N: 36593] (167234)
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