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The Case for the Ethical Treatment of Plants | MNN - Mother Nature Network

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The 1973 book "The Secret Life of Plants" by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird advanced the notion that plants are sentient and can experience emotions and pain. The book has been widely discounted as pseudoscience since its publishing, but recent studi


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Merave L (28)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 12:35 am
Read about the original book many years ago. It was very interesting to read about the recent studies.

Teresa W (782)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:39 am
very interesting, thank you

Tania Koshman (7)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:13 am
thank you

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:27 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:28 pm
great article thanks

Robert Hardy (68)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:19 pm
Life is life. But life must consume life to survive. Where does that leave us?

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 11:00 pm
Interesting...humans are good with empathy when it comes to beings that are most like ourselves yet have trouble imaging or reflecting on other life forms on our on planet. Plant rights...might mean we won't be able to eat them either. If we can't eat animals, or we can't eat plants...shall we all dine on rock pate? At least it is inorganic...not living? Or as they found out on a Star Trek episode...the Horta was living organic rock.

Am kind to the plants in my home, they bring me joy and I do refuse to bring home any English Ivy...for some reason they all die no matter what I do for them. The orchids and other plants grow but English Ivy ignores my green thumb. Not wishing to commit planticide I simply pass over bushy English Ivy no matter how tempting they are. But I do eat the carrots and sweet potatoes along with herbs. Drink tea and coffee as well, sigh...have to eat something being an omnivore. Even honey and of course...chocolate. Just where would the world be without that? However, plants like any other living entity deserves respect at least. Not to mention so many are medicinal and provide natural medication and who knows one might bring an unexpected cure for cancer or something else. Trees provide so much for the rain forest...and so on. Plants are likeable with those colourful flowers and generally cheer most people up. Even some weeds are edible. Oh, sorry plants...shouldn't say the e word.

sandra g (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:12 am
I'm passionate about plants and I've read the first wonderful book with all the investigation made about, I've no doubt it so through my own experience with them,

Melania P (123)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 10:57 am
Thanks, interesting
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