Study: Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten Alive

We’ve been hearing for decades about the complex intelligence of plants; last year’s excellent New Yorker piece is a good place to start, if you want to learn more about the subject. But a new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, managed to figure out one new important element: plants can tell when they’re being eaten, and they don’t like it.

Source: Plants Can Tell When They’re Being Eaten

The issue has also been covered in this AsapScience video “Can Plants Think?” (3:44 minutes).  Response to stimuli might be misconstrued as intelligence, but both sources demonstrate that the action is for protection and self-preservation.  This information makes it difficult to stomach those who rally to “Meat is Murder”, as if the death of an animal is different than a plant.  The idea that if something isn’t cute, fluffy and/or squealing for it’s life – it doesn’t rate is a very weak position to take.

I agree that we can and should be eating more plants and vegetables.  Just not entirely.