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.
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.