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  • Unlike animals plants do not have to feed on other organisms. They collect energy from the sun and build most substances needed to grow by themselves. This process is called photosynthesis and is one of the most important processes on earth. It maintains the gas balance in the atmosphere and is the basis of most food chains.
  • The food unit explores science in a context that is crucial in any curriculum. It links real world experiences to aspects of plant science from germination and plant growth, to human dependence on insect pollination for fruit production.
  • Classification of plants into families underpins the need for humans to recognize edible plants which lead on to healthy eating and questions about the sustainability of food supplies.