Trees are often credited as the major oxygen generator for the planet, but that would be false.
Photosynthesis is a process in which green plants use energy from the sun to transform water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and organic compounds.
It is one example of how people and plants are dependent on each other in sustaining life.
Nevertheless, trees and forests are, indeed, significant oxygen producers.
However, if oxygen was the only benefit of trees and forests, we could easily live without them.
Energy is stored in the bonds of the glucose molecule.
Glucose is a fairly simple sugar, easy to break down.
Energy is released along with some carbon dioxide and water. Trees and other green plants practice respiration, too, just like animals, but they also practice photosynthesis.
This is why ecologists categorize green plants as “producers” and most every other life form as a “consumer.” It’s about the energy.
And some forests actually produce more carbon dioxide than oxygen.
Fortunately, the benefits of both trees and forests extend far beyond something as narrow as oxygen production.