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“Even though nitrogen makes up most of our atmosphere, plants can’t use nitrogen bound up as stable N2 gas. In order to be used by organisms, the inert double nitrogen molecule must first be broken and the halves combined with oxygen, carbon, or hydrogen. The only living organisms capable of doing this are about a hundred genera of bacteria, those associated with the roots of legumes being the most important. Although most crops deplete the supply of nitrogen in the soil, root nodules on clover, alfalfa, peas, and beans house bacteria that make organic compounds from atmospheric nitrogen. This process is essential to us as it is to plants because we need to eat ten preformed amino acids we can’t assemble ourselves.”
— Michael Pollan, Botany of Desire