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However, you state that plants are beneficial to humans. As producers of oxygen, they are - although oxygen being toxic to eukaryotic cells, they are also killing us - but in other situations, many of them are harmful to us. They produce allergens which affect many people negatively, many of them are inedible and compete with plants that are edible, they destroy buildings (actually, I like that one, and I have an overwhelming desire to buy a city and time how long it takes for the plants to tear it apart), and some - such as white oleander - even poison the air around them. It's hard to see how white oleander is beneficial to humans.
I do accept that I cannot possibly have an absolute understanding of the interactions between organisms
EDIT: Rereading your post, it is testable. Wipe out a species - any species - of beetle and see if the human race becomes extinct. Seeing as I'm reasonably confident that we've already wiped out a couple (it's a habit we have as a species), hypothesis tested. Although longer-term effects are as yet unknown.
400, 000 types of beetle
Originally posted by DrunkYogi
reply to post by TheWill
But can we survive without plants? (i will take a one word answer please)