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If plants are so smart, should we stop eating them? | | Emma Beddington

Sorry if you were starting to brush up on your vegetarian halo, but I have some upsetting news I got from the Radio 4 show. Is it wrong to eat plants?Spoiler alert: maybe.

Plants “are able to sense, learn, and remember the world around them, and engage in complex communication with the species around them.” According to research Pea seedlings learn to associate the light and sound they need, and as a result can choose to grow in a particular direction.they can also eavesdrop on each other And defend themselves based on what they “heard”. The wormwood plant is described by Prof. Suzanne Simard graciously as ” “Wood Wide Web”they do more to related trees than they do to ‘strangers’.

Do plants show intelligence? “Definitely yes. It aroused fear of what they were saying about me behind my back.

It’s a head-turning indicator of how much we still have to learn about the world. But a very thorny question is what’s left for the ethical eater’s lunch. Ethical fruitism–separating harmlessly and eating only plant parts that do not cause damage–may meet the standards of the Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (who ruled the plant has right to be protected from undue damage).

But under that regime, what can you eat in the UK at this time of year?Lab-created meat is still in the experimental stage and the price is saltpe gold powder steak, but is roadkill allowed? I think the breathing method of just “eating” air should be revived, but it’s not because it’s crazy, it’s dangerous, it’s probably a cult. Face it, you can also stick to something that has nothing to do with being alive: the Irn-Bru diet?

My last option is to learn photosynthesis. If they are so smart, perhaps plants will tell us.

Emma Beddington is a columnist for The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/16/if-plants-are-so-intelligent-should-we-stop-eating-them If plants are so smart, should we stop eating them? | | Emma Beddington

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