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Earth is a plant-oriented planet and the green plant is fundamental to all other life. Plants provide the basis of our energy balance, our atmosphere, and our food supply. Agriculture, the management of plants that sustain us, forms the basis of our social, cultural, religious, and legal systems. The increasing urbanization of humanity in the twentieth century has obscured the intimate connection between humans and plant life. This relationship has been neglected at great peril for our well-being as a species. The new role of horticulture will be to re-establish the bond between plants and people.