Why is Photosynthesis So Important?

Why is Photosynthesis So Important?



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Why is photosynthesis so important?  

First of all, without plants the entire food chain—or more accurately the food web—would lose its foundation. All animals (including us humans) ultimately depend on plant material either directly, or indirectly through their herbivore prey. Think of that next time you sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar, or drink a glass of milk, or munch on a turkey sandwich. All require one type of plant or another!

On top of that, all animals require the oxygen released by plants. Without continual photosynthesis, the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere would slowly diminish.

What will happen if we continue to destroy our forests and wild areas—and lose the immeasurable quantities of carbohydrates manufactured and pure oxygen released? What will we do when there aren’t enough green plants to fill our needs?

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Oxygen, anyone?
Imagine bringing your date to a bar, finding some stools, and calling the bartender over to order a shot of—oxygen! Coming to a city near you—oxygen bars! Fifteen to twenty dollars will buy you 20 minutes of breathing in pure oxygen through a tube up your nose. Oxygen bars have been all the rage in Europe and Japan—and are heading for the U.S. Though some tout the therapeutic effects, and athletes hope for improved performance, their real popularity lies in the temporary respite from the smoggy, polluted urban streets. We’ve all gotten used to the idea of purchasing bottled water—so it’s no surprise that next we can expect to pay for bottled air. Let’s go plant some trees!


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