Dr. Mary Meyer delivered the presidential address at the American Society of Horticultural Sciences meeting in Orlando FL yesterday. She discussed the lack of interest in plant sciences, and suggested some society trends behind the problem.
-- 9-16 year old kids spend an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes a day with entertainment media. That's 53 hours a week.
-- Kids spend less than 1/2 the time outside than they did 20 years ago.
-- 6% of 9-13 year-olds play outside on their own.
-- The average person is able to recognize over 1000 brand names and logos, but can't identify ten local plants.
I didn't have time to jot down the references, but thought these statistics tell about why we have so little knowledge in plant biology. We fail to connect with plants early in life.