Plants Don’t Like Being Eaten

by Dave Blount | July 8, 2014 10:53 am

There is bad news for moonbats who don’t eat meat because it is morally wrong to devour the flesh of murdered animals: plants don’t like getting eaten either.

According to a study by Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft at the University of Missouri, plants can identify the sound of caterpillars chewing and react to it defensively.

In the study, caterpillars were placed on Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard.

Using a laser and a tiny piece of reflective material on the leaf of the plant, Cocroft was able to measure the movement of the leaf in response to the chewing caterpillar.

Cocroft and Appel then played back recordings of caterpillar feeding vibrations to one set of plants, but played back only silence to the other set of plants.

When caterpillars later fed on both sets of plants, the researchers found that the plants previously exposed to feeding vibrations produced more mustard oils, a chemical that is unappealing to many caterpillars.

‘What is remarkable is that the plants exposed to different vibrations, including those made by a gentle wind or different insect sounds that share some acoustic features with caterpillar feeding vibrations did not increase their chemical defenses,’ Cocroft said.

Imagine the horror of being eaten alive. Who is to say that the lettuce and alfalfa sprouts in your bowl don’t experience this agony. You salad would beg you for mercy, if only it knew how.

Maybe it would be most morally righteous to not eat anything at all.

screaming peppers
No one hears the silent screams of vegetables.

On tips from Dan F. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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