Cassandra Benton, age 22, with her daughter Joslyn Soltys, age 4, who tested over three times the limit for blood-lead levels, and their two dogs, Molly (the lab) and Buddy (the yorkie) in Bonne Terre, Mo. (Photo by Benjamin Hoste)

Good Earth: Missouri's Old Lead Belt

Photographer Ben Hoste explored Missouri's Old Lead Belt, a largely defunct region of lead mining towns, meeting the people who have remained there despite the collapse of the industry. He recorded their range of opinions over the region's fading history and the dangers of lead contamination, which in recent months have ensnared...