Questions for Carnivores: Do Plants Experience Suffering?

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In our new category, Questions for Carnivores, Isaiah writes in with several excellent questions. Following are the answers.

Hi,

I have read several articles about plants having a kind of intelligence, and I was wondering if you knew if it has been proven whether or not plants can experience “suffering” of any type. If they can, should walking on grass or stepping on any plants be avoided as much as possible? Does stepping on grass actually make it become stronger, so is like exercise for them? I’ve read cutting grass is necessary during the summer because grass only gets enough water and nutrients to sustain a short length.

What can you tell me about this subject?

Thanks,

Isaiah

First off, Isaiah, we thank you for your questions and for your obvious concern for the well being of our many plant friends. Let’s go through your questions one by one and educate the world at the same time!

Can plants experience “suffering” of any type?

This question can be answered easily by considering this question: Can any living thing NOT experience suffering? Obviously, the answer is no. Human beings believe they know everything, but that is because they are ignorant fools for the most part. We struggle to understand ourselves, if we are one of the individuals remarkable enough to spend time on introspection, and yet we presume to understand that which is separate and external for ourselves? Remember your principles, Isaiah. As above, so below. You know that you suffer, therefore you know that organisms above and below you suffer. It is quite simple.

Should walking on grass or stepping on any plants be avoided as much as possible?

You must know which position we at the Vegetable Rights Militant Movement will take on this issue, Isaiah. Of course! Vegetable cruelty is the most ignored issue in the global political arena and the world is waking up to the madness. Thank you for raising this issue and we hope you tell your friends and family to stop their habits of walking on grass and stepping on plants!

Does stepping on grass actually make it become stronger, so is like exercise for them?

Do you become strong when a giant sumo wrestler steps on you, Isaiah? Maybe you would heal stronger, maybe you would. Or maybe you would die. I think you can figure this one out yourself.

Is cutting grass necessary in the summer because it must be short to survive

Well, Isaiah, how on earth do wild grasses live on year after year? Do you see the wolves or the lions out cutting the grass in the wild? No! Grass killing herbivores eat their heads off, though, and the saintly wolves and lions do their part to help save our helpless plant friends. Try an experiment, don’t cut your grass for a whole year and see if it survives. Report back with your results, we’ll be interested to hear how it goes.

What a great first edition of Questions for Carnivores! Thanks again to Isaiah for sending in the questions. If you have questions about fruit and vegetable rights, send us an email, tweet, facebook comment or comment on this post. We’d love to answer them for you!

The veggies strike back!

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Sweet, sweet revenge this watermelon has brought for millions of its brothers and sisters around the world. Yes, the human was okay, but did she stop her cruel practices and learn her lesson? Yeah, right.

NOTE: You may need to click the image to view the gif in action. It’s worth it, do it.

Vegetable Kindness: Permaculture

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Monocrop agriculture is the most violent form of treatment toward vegetables known to humanity. Don’t know what that means? Google “industrial agriculture” for starters, but simply put it is huge fields of a single crop that destroys the entire ecosystem of the area, kills the soil, requires chemical fertilizers and pest/herbicides, and now uses genetically modified seeds. Ugly stuff.

Contrast that to permaculture, which is the practice of auto-pilot caretaking of an ecosystem where humans are a part of the system instead of the dominating destroyer and controller of everything. Yields are higher, fruits and veggies are far more nutrient rich, the soil gets better and better every year, no outside fertilizers or chemical pest/herbicides are needed (the ecosystem takes care of all of that). The philosophy is work WITH nature instead of against it. Brilliant!

Get on the permaculture bandwagon and be kind to veggies!

Now this is a true plant hero

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While still ultimately killing and eating many of the fruits and veggies grown on the farm in the video below, it is clear that it is done in the most humane way possible. We at the Vegetable Rights Militant Movement can appreciate that. And of course the farm dispenses justice on the four legged herbivores that feast on our green cousins non-stop, so they’ve got that going for them as well. Check it out – nature is beautiful!

Sepp Holzer’s famous Krameterhof farm in Austria.