First, plants produce energy by harvesting the sunlight, water and minerals into something they can use. They gain structures and abilities to fight off pests in their own ways. Some plants may even specialize on infestation by foregoing a poisonous nature and competing on proliferation exclusively, for example, such plants are the dandelion, grasses, or grape vines.
Each plant has its own phytochemical makeup that goes beyond our understanding of simple vitamins. We have to be aware that every plant is unique no matter if they all look green or not. Any slight difference in shape will surely mean a phytochemical makeup. Even diseased plants of the same species will develop a slightly different phytochemical makeup, one that could be poisonous from the original plant.
Not all plants produce sucrose, glucose, or fructose. In nature there is a lot of variety with reproduction. How successful plants are depends on the climate and organisms present to aid it in its struggle to survive. When a plant is successful in enticing animals to spread its reproductive parts then it will focus on that. Many of the systems of reproduction may seem odd, but they have worked for many years in nature.
The plants don’t want their vectors of reproduction transport to die, so the plants need to give up a little more energy to ensure survival of the help. The plants will offer more fruit or nectar than is needed to continue its species into the future. Animals will accept the gracious offerings with great relish.
Of course, many animals must compete for territorial rights to the plants harvest. The plants can’t feed everyone, but they can certain reward the successful animals who are most capable for continuing the the reproduction cycles. So, in the end, the dichotomies that work together best within the system are ensured the best survival rates. This doesn’t favor in natural disasters of course, but that is a very different risk that very few living things can effectively plan for anyway.
Plants and humans have found a great working relationship with each other. We have learned a lot and changed a lot as well. Some change is good, and some change is bad. The best kind of change for the plants is one where the humans can supply a wide variety of plants with the nutrients they need. Human waste products have always been a great benefit to plants. Luckily, human corpses haven’t exactly been a specialty for plants to harvest or there would be more and larger Venus Flytraps in the world.
Humans love the fruit that plants bear. We have developed a great system of harvesting and preservation for later consumption of these delicious treats. The harvests supplied us with the fructose that we desire. However, with excess surplus, some humans got very creative. They didn’t understand nutrition at the time and started asking the questions of why we crave these delicious fruits. It turns out that the sweetness of fructose is much of the reason we love nectar and fruit.
The journey of nectar into the humans digestive system sure does take a lot of work though. Also, a lot of these fruits can spoil all too soon and easily, which is very disappointing. I, myself, have seen plumes fall to the ground a week earlier than I expected them to. I think a major wind swept through the area and knocked them all down.
We need to ensure that we can have this sugar whenever we want it. No one wants to go hungry, it is the worst feeling to suffer. In fact, hunger drives us mad and do things that normally a non hungry person would not do. So scientists conducted their research and found that sugar can be extracted using chemicals.
Unfortunately, not knowing nutrition very well, the mass production of fructose began. Since the extraction techniques started, the human population has suffered a lot of health problems, especially obesity. This is all because some scientists had good intentions to preserve food better and feed larger populations. Unfortunately, they didn’t understand the natural journey of the fructose phytochemical from its beginning to its end.