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Old 12-22-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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An interesting article in today's NY Times "Sorry, Vegans: Brussels Sprouts Like to Live, Too" includes the statement “Plants are not static or silly,” said Monika Hilker of the Institute of Biology at the Free University of Berlin. “They respond to tactile cues, they recognize different wavelengths of light, they listen to chemical signals, they can even talk” through chemical signals. Touch, sight, hearing, speech. “These are sensory modalities and abilities we normally think of as only being in animals...” and concludes "It’s a small daily tragedy that we animals must kill to stay alive. Plants are the ethical autotrophs here, the ones that wrest their meals from the sun. Don’t expect them to boast: they’re too busy fighting to survive."
For the full article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/sc...2angi.html?hpw
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Writers do have a way with words.
Whenever moral behavior is being touted it is time for me to tune out.
Plants have evolved to collect the available resources to survive. When that includes insects does it become a tragedy?
I do not feel guilt for daily food. What bothers me is the often intolerable way our society raises animals, wastes food and resources and does so little of what we are capable of accomplishing toward lessening the damage our lifestyles do to the rest of the earth and its creatures, be they plant or animal.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:12 PM   #3
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Writers do have a way with words.
Whenever moral behavior is being touted it is time for me to tune out.
Plants have evolved to collect the available resources to survive. When that includes insects does it become a tragedy?
I do not feel guilt for daily food. What bothers me is the often intolerable way our society raises animals, wastes food and resources and does so little of what we are capable of accomplishing toward lessening the damage our lifestyles do to the rest of the earth and its creatures, be they plant or animal.
Amen. Among other things, I would like to see all 'factory farms' disappear from the face of the earth...
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