Friday, 31 August 2018

Who Fights For Plants

We live in a world where there are people who fight for animal rights or citizen rights but who fights for the rights of plants to grow where they will, to not be cut or harvested before they go through their own natural cycle-i.e to make flowers, then seed, to die and come again if they are in the right spot.

Humans take plants for granted. We do not notice them particularly, pull ones out of the ground which we call weeds, control them through cutting their limbs as in the case of fruit trees so they can make us more fruit or so that the shape and size fits our specifications.

However without plants our species would die along with many other organisms because we eat either plants or other organisms that eat plants.

Plants provide us with food, fiber, shelter, medicine, and fuel. The basic food for all organisms is produced by green plants. In the process of food production, oxygen is released. This oxygen, which we obtain from the air we breathe, is essential to life.

Earth is called a green planet because of the presence of plants. Plants are essential to the balance of nature and in people's lives because plants are the only thing that are able to convert the suns energy into food and in the process convert the carbon dioxide that animals make eating each other and plants back into oxygen.They are also most essential part of the life of all the organisms living on the earth. Plants maintain the atmosphere. They produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis.When people breathe, it is the oxygen that we take out of the air in order to keep our cells and bodies alive.

How many plant species are there in the world? Scientists now have an answer. There are about 391,000 species of vascular plants currently known to science, of which about 369,000 species (or 94 percent) are flowering plants, according to a report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the United Kingdom produced in May 2016.

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. However, there are hundreds of less well known edible plants from all around the world which are both delicious and nutritious.

Not only are there benefits from outdoor plants but the plants kept indoor also provide benefits for humans, in particular indoor plants reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity, reduce levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide, reduce airborne dust levels and keep air temperatures down. Therefore all office environments can benefit from having indoor plants.

For all the reasons stated above I believe it is worth fighting for plants and at Caretaker Farm in NZ, using natural agriculture growing methods and permaculture design, plants have been allowed to have the right to be plants-I have allowed them their rights.

To understand some of the philosophy of Caretaker Farm watch the following video

                         and remember we all need to fight for plants.

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