|Plants can be considered the support of the life on Earth, due to
their main feature: they are continuously providing oxygen because
of photosynthesis process. Moreover, most plants are useful to people
in many other different ways.
In my country, Romania (located in South-Eastern Europe), we consider
wheat the most important plant.
During centuries, our ancestors had to fight numerous invaders
in order to protect our most precious wealth: wheat. Until World
War II, Romania had been considered the most important wheat producer
of the entire continent. Unfortunately, after the war, my country
was invaded by Soviet troops, having a sole purpose: stealing. They
stole everything they found: money, jewelry, cars, industrial equipment
and, last but not least, food. During that period, wheat flour was
considered the most precious asset a person could own.
After the 60’s, the situation returned to normal. Regrettably,
however, wheat paddocks were considered a source for obtaining merchandise
to be sold abroad, in return for foreign currency meant to fulfill
Ceausescu’s insane plans for “the new communist era”. Dozens of
trains full of wheat berries crossed our borders, while Romanian
people were starving, fighting for a loaf of wheat bread.
After the collapse of communism, everybody believed that things
would return to normal. However, another problem occurred. Irresponsible
people stole most irrigation equipments (pumps, pipes), so wheat
production has been continuously decreasing.
At present, wheat is still considered a precious gift of nature
given to our people. Thousands of people working in agriculture
are treating this plant as the most important thing in their lives.
I hope that, sometime, all my nationals will give wheat the importance