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A. K. Ch. Tea -- Georgia

A.K.Ch. stands for “aerirovannyi kompostnyi chai,” usually translated “aerated compost tea.” A.K.Ch. is not actually a tea. The term refers to water-based suspensions of compost and microorganisms salvaged from tea cultivation and used as fertilizer. A.K.Ch. could be packaged and shipped.

It’s significant that natural fertilizers are depicted. The continued use of such fertilizers marked just how far the “second world” had fallen behind the West in its burgeoning Green Revolution, a catalyst of which was synthetic fertilizer. Considered essential to match Western advances in agriculture, German-developed, nitrogenous fertilizers were not widely adopted in the Soviet Union until Stalin’s Second Five-Year Plan (Lamer, 558)

Text in Georgian.


The scenery outside the factory window is once again similar to the background of the tea fields. This continuity of this imagery serves to unite the industrial and agricultural methods of production. It's size and detail makes the outside appear almost to be on the inside of the factory floor.

Packaging the tea.