I’m an anthropologist, and I’ve spent much of my professional life studying the social and cultural significance of plants.
I grew up in South Africa, which is, in part, a botanical desert.
It’s hard to imagine the richness of the landscape in my own lifetime, when I think back to my childhood, and even today I think of all the plants that have shaped the landscape.
But the landscape is not all that it is, because we are all dependent on plants for our survival.
So we often overlook the role plants play in our daily lives.
There are a lot of people who say that we don’t need to be able to grow plants for food, but I think that we should have access to them.
In the United States, we can get access to a wide range of plant species, including tomatoes, lettuce, parsnips, and other fruits, and in some places they even make good food.
For example, some people say that tomatoes are not good for the environment.
I’m a gardener myself, and have always said that tomatoes should be cultivated, not just consumed.
If there’s one thing I know for certain, it’s that I’ll never grow a tomato without some kind of water, and that it takes a lot to keep the soil clean.
My experience is that a lot more plants require water than I think we’re aware of.
So I think it’s really important to understand what the plants need to do to grow and survive in our environment.
This article is part of Al Jazeera’s series, Plants: The Art of Growing.