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What plant is the most useful one?

  1. Apr 23, 2007 #1
    What plant is the most useful one??

    What plant is most useful? What plant would we benefit from having the most of?

    If we chould have only one plant on the earth, wich one should it be?
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2007 #2
    wheat maybe?
     
  4. Apr 23, 2007 #3

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    I'd vote for a fusion power plant.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2007 #4
    i said plant, not power plant

    an organic natural thing that usually grows out of the earth...
     
  6. Apr 23, 2007 #5

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    Oh, you mean one of those things that less-evolved people eat...
     
  7. Apr 23, 2007 #6
    I was actually thinking of a power plant when I first read this as well.
     
  8. Apr 23, 2007 #7

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    Does this include trees, vines, and bushes?
     
  9. Apr 23, 2007 #8
    Does the word 'ecosystem' mean anything to you?
     
  10. Apr 23, 2007 #9
    My plant of choice would be Amaranth, you can eat all of it, root,leafs and the grain can be made into breads.
    You can read more about it here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth
     
  11. Apr 23, 2007 #10

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    Silly to have one plant left, but that's the way things are going. I'd consider grapes. The leaf is edible, but even better it's a good food for livestock. The vines are really useful, flexible and strong.

    I'd miss tomatos,though. MAybe if we engineered their vines to be stronger, I dunno. Such a sad question.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2007 #11
    The most useful plant I can think of is cannabis. It is well-suited to many puposes i.e. cloth, paper, plastic, fiber, cosmetics, medicine, food production, and it grows in a very practical way.

    The first time the phrase billion-dollar was applied to any US agricultural crop:

     
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  13. Apr 23, 2007 #12

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  14. Apr 23, 2007 #13
    i nominate hemp & bamboo
     
  15. Apr 23, 2007 #14

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    I'd say chicken. Very tasty :smile:
     
  16. Apr 23, 2007 #15

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    "New Billion-Dollar Crop Popular Mechanics, February 1938"

    :rofl: :rofl: 1938! I guess we are still waiting for this to happen? :biggrin: What ever happened to this machine? Was it ever used anywhere in the world? Or was it a pipe dream?

    Anyway, I'm sticking with corn.
     
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  17. Apr 23, 2007 #16

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    The answer is obviously barley. Its edible and can be converted into the best stuff! (Beer and Scotch)
     
  18. Apr 23, 2007 #17

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    And with enough beer and scotch, not much else matters. :tongue:
     
  19. Apr 23, 2007 #18

    Chi Meson

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    This is the real reason why I was thinking grapes:blushing:
     
  20. Apr 23, 2007 #19

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    A money tree would be useful :)
     
  21. Apr 23, 2007 #20
    Don't be silly, you cannot eat money. What you really need is a spaghetti tree.
     
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