Plant Nutrition

Plants are irreplaceable food resources for humans.  Synthetic chemicals and petroleum derivatives can replace many plant-derived medicines, fibers, and dyes; metal, brick, and concrete can replace wood; but there is no substitute for plant-derived foods. Almost all human foods are plants or organisms that eat plants.  Saprophytic fungi contribute relatively little to the average caloric intake of most people. The first humans gathered wild species. Modern cultures rely on high-yielding cultivars, giving them greater control over food supplies.  While food scarcity and famine remain threats in some parts of the world (e.g., sub Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent), more than 90% of the world has a predictable and sufficient source of food.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Genetically modified food
  • Transgenic crops
  • Nutritional benefits
  • Nutritional Quality of Harvested food
  • Sustainable Farming Systems and Nutrient Dense food

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