The Importance Of Plants In Human Life

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Plants are important life forms belonging to the taxonomic kingdom Plantae and are classified further by the hierarchical system to group similar plants together. Taxonomy is described as “the method by which scientists, conservationists, and naturalists classify and organize the vast diversity of living things on this planet in an effort to understand the evolutionary relationships between them” (Fenneman, 2017). How a plant is classified can be a clue to the uses for that plant in regards to human life. Historically, plants have played a vast role in the everyday lives of humans. Indigenous peoples have used over a thousand different plants for food, medicine, materials, and in cultural rituals and mythology (Szczawinski and Turner, 1978-80). People mainly consumed root vegetables and green vegetables. Fruits, nuts, seeds, berries, and mushrooms were also traditionally used as a source of food. Plants also contributed in the development of many different medicines throughout history. Plant parts were often combined with herbs to create cures for many ailments. Herbal medicines were sometimes associated with ritual and in many cultures herbal curing and ritual curing were often performed together (Szczawinski and Turner, 1978-80). Plants have played a very important role in helping to preserve the human race, from building our homes to supplying us with the most essential gas we breathe.
Besides supplying humans with the oxygen necessary for respiration,
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