WE NEED PLANTS!
Every day, plants play a fundamental role in our lives. In modern society it is easy to lose sight of their importance. Below are some vital ways in which we depend on plants:

More information on plants and how they are important to your life on the BGCI website

 

FOOD

Everything we eat comes directly or indirectly from plants. About 12,000 different types of plants have been used as food by people. Today, about 20 species provide the world with 90% of its food needs!


WATER

We rely on plants to regulate the water cycle.

OXYGEN

Plants produce oxygen as a waste product of photosynthesis (the way they make their food from sunlight)

CONSTRUCTION

We build our houses out of wood and bamboo and decorate them with plant products like wall paper, paper lampshades, curtains, woven mats and furniture.

CLOTHES

Most of our clothing is made from cotton. This is produced from the fluffy fibres which protect and help disperse the seeds of the cotton plant. Other plant species produce linen, viscose and hemp.

FOOD FOR ANIMALS

All animals, including humans, rely on plants directly (because they eat plants) or indirectly (because they eat other animals that eat plants). Plants are known as producers – they can make food using carbon dioxide gas, water and sunlight.


REMOVE TOXINS


Plants can find foothold on areas of land we have polluted and made toxic and can remove toxins from the soil.

MEDICINES

A quarter of all prescription drugs come directly from or are derivatives of plants, including the worlds most commonly taken drug, aspirin. Many more drugs may be out there but we will never find them if we don’t conserve plant diversity.

CLIMATE

Plants regulate the carbon cycle, which has impacts on global warming.