I’m disturbed to find that fruit and vegies* are alive when I eat them. Not jumping up and down. But biochemically active – sensing their environment and making compounds in response.
Until now I thought that life stopped the moment I yanked a carrot out of the ground. Dead, final, kaput.
Not any more. Read more
If plants need a champion, then Michael Marder fits the bill. The philosophy professor wants us to consider whether plants are conscious, whether they have rights and if so, how we should behave towards them. Are plants merely there for humans to use how we please? Or do we have some moral or ethical obligation to treat them with respect? Read more