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“If Peas Can Talk, Should We Eat Them” revisited

Michael Marder (University of the Basque Country) is responding to comments on his earlier NY Times piece on eating plants, which was mentioned here. The new piece is here.

Respect for vegetal life entails nurturing all the potentialities proper to it, including those unproductive from the human point of view. It is especially pernicious to grow plants from sterile seeds, already robbed of their reproductive potential, patented and appropriated by profit-driven enterprises. Not only do these agricultural “innovations” harm farmers, who are forced to buy seeds from multinational corporations, but they also violate the capacity for reproduction at the core of the Aristotelian vegetal soul.



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