Fruit: the Only Food Nature Intentionally Gives Us For Eating!
by Habib Bailey

Who has ever wondered why plants evolved fruits? Are fruits just a delivery package for propagating seeds, or are they just for us to eat? Well, the answer is a mix of both: Fruits are a delivery package for propagating seeds, so that the plant may spread it's progeny. But why has the package been made so visually appealing, fragrant, delicious, and nutritious? Specifically because in nature, the animals (including us) have a symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom. The relationship is both beneficial and necessary to both animals and plants. The plants need for their seeds to be scattered beyond their immediate vicinity. This wide broadcast is necessary for continued survival of a plant specie. It ensures that the seeds will be introduced into a wide variety of environments, some of which will harbor ideal environmental conditions for the growth of that plant!
Animals need for the plant kingdom to provide food for them, which will meet all of their biological needs. Plants evolved their fruits, as a fleshy covering over their seeds, with a two-fold purpose, where animals are concerned. First, the colors, fragrances, and tastes are meant to attract the animals (again, including us), to eat them! In this way, the plants are assured of having their seeds broadcast far and wide, limited only by the environments to which humans or other animals can adapt! Second, it would not make sense in this symbiotic relationship between plants and animals for the animals to be poorly nourished...eventually they would be unhealthy and unable to scatter the seeds for the plants.
So instead, the plants concentrate vital nutrients in the fruits with which they attract animals. It is in their own best interest to do so! It is in the best interest of animals to eat the fruits and scatter their seeds, for this ensures a continuing supply of food upon which to survive! The survival of the entire animal kingdom is dependent upon this process, for even the carnivores ultimately eat plant eaters, who eat plants! So you can see, the continued health and existence of both plants and animals are dependent upon this symbiotic relationship. The very best thing you can do for the environment, is to eat plentifully of the fruits that nature gives you! You could almost say it is our duty to do so! (Bummer! You mean I have to eat that luscious mango? I don't know if I can handle that!)
Seen from a different perspective, the plants want us to eat their fruits! They are meant specifically for us! They are also the only food that upon being eaten, does not cause a life form to die, or interfere with the process of reproduction, either of plants or animals! Eating fruits (provided you broadcast the seeds, as you would in nature, normally) actually increases life! Seen in this light, for those individuals who believe in the concept of "karma", fruits can be seen as the only food for humans or animals, which is 100% "karma-free"!
Be cute, eat fruit!

Habib Bailey
Portland School of Natural Hygiene
1538 SE 122 ave #49
Portland, Oregon 97233
phone: 503-256-8351