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Biology 10, Lesson 90 – Plants: The Future of Humanity?

Plants are one of the most important and crucial parts of a human’s diet.  Without plants, we would not have our fruits, vegetables, bread, and rice.  But as humanity evolves and grows, plants may become more than a food source.

Studies show that plants can be used as a source of energy and fuel in the near future.  When a plant goes through photosynthesis, they create hydrocarbons.  The excess hydrocarbons that are not needed go back into the soil through the plant’s roots.  The organisms in the soil will break down the hydrocarbons, creating electrons.  If scientists and engineers can find a way to harness the electrons, we could have a new energy source.  This makes plants even more important than it was before.

One of the questions I have to answer for this essay topic is: why are plants more important now compared to the past.  Personally, I think the answer is quite simple.  In the past, we did not have the technology or knowledge to realize that we can utilize plants in other ways.  While we still do not have the technology to use plants as an energy source, it does not mean it is impossible.  It simply means that it is a piece of technology we will see in the future.

As you can see, plants are extremely important to humans.  Many people are talking about “green energy” as an alternative from fossil fuels.  If this method proves to be sustainable and viable, it would be a great way to slowly start getting rid of fossil fuels!

Thanks for reading!


Author: sophiaelahirpc

10th Grade student in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Full-time teen writer living in Singapore.

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