cooran wrote:Interesting research - but what does it mean for Vegans??
Plants can hear themselves being eaten:
http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-an ... eing-eaten
All living things respond to stimuli from single celled prokaryotes to human beings. Response to stimuli is one of the biological definitions of life.
Until we figure out how to manufacture and mass produce food without killing living things, I think vegans will continue to eat plants.
And a fact that is often overlooked when people try to use this kind of argument against vegans and vegetarians is that livestock needs to eat plants to live and grow. Energy is lost at each ascending trophic level, from primary producers to higher level consumers. This is called the ten percent law in biology. In reality, the efficiency varies and can be higher than 10%, but it will always be less than 100%. The point is that energy is lost every time something is eaten.
Wikipedia wrote:According to this law, during the transfer of energy from organic food from one trophic level to the next, only about ten percent of the energy from organic matter is stored as flesh. The remaining is lost during transfer, broken down in respiration, or lost to incomplete digestion by higher trophic levels.
So in the overall equation, eating meat will result in more plant deaths than eating plants because every kilogram of meat one eats represents many more kilograms of plants that have been killed and eaten for that meat to come to the table.