New Study Suggests Plants Know When They Are Being Eaten, Vegans Everywhere Are Freaking Out

Oh boy.

Via Business Insider – That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try to stop it from happening.

The study was carried out on thale cress and according to Modern Farmer, the thale cress produces mustard oils that are mildly toxic when eaten and sends them throughout its leaves to try to keep the predators away. The research also revealed that when the plants felt or heard “munching vibrations” from the caterpillar, they sent out extra mustard oils. But the plants didn’t react when other vibrations were present.

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You know how you can spot a vegan? They’ll tell you within five minutes.

(pause for laughter)

All jokes aside, the vegan population does drive me a little nuts at times, but this is a game changer. If plants know when you are eating them, doesn’t that make it worse than eating meat? Follow me here… the animal has been killed and prepared before you eat it, but according to this study, when you eat a plant you are literally eating it alive as it fights back.

That sounds worse to me.

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