|1. Grasses are members of the monocot family Poaceae, whose characteristic grains are a vital food source.
2. Whole grains with the bran and germ intact are nutritionally superior to their refined counterparts, which contain only endosperm.
3. Wheat, corn, and rice, the major cereals, outrank all other plants as food sources for human consumption.
4. Grasses are also indispensable components of forage crops and landscaping designs.