Recent evidence demonstrates that plants are able not only to perceive and adaptively respond to external information but also to anticipate forthcoming hazards and stresses. Here, we tested the hypothesis that unstressed plants are able to respond to stress cues emitted from their abiotically-stressed neighbors and in turn induce stress responses in additional unstressed plants located further away from the stressed plants.
It’s actually an interesting article. But the good part is that there are already people arguing for plant rights as seen in this opinion piece in the NY Times article, If Peas Can Talk, Should We Eat Them? by Michael Marder. Now, before you sperson too much, the Swiss are already a legume up on everybody with a publication from their Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) titled “The dignity of living beings with regard to plants: Moral consideration of plants for their own sake.”
Of course, there is also a backlash. Here are a couple:
- “Should communication between pea plants raise tough issues for vegetarians?” by Adam Merberg on his blog Say what, Michael Pollan?
- “Good grief: Now, it’s pea personhood!” by Wesley J. Smith at The Daily Caller.
So, with a shortage of potential food stuffs and biotic things that people want to worry about, there is the possibility that those who are of such persuasion will be out of the gene pool soon, and we won’t have to worry about the issue. Just biding our time…