Does The Vegan lifestyle save more animals?

Everybody should be free to eat what they want. This article is about the misinformation around different diets saving animals. Today the simple facts of life on earth have been perverted. Everything on earth eats something else to survive, that is just a fact. Do tigers feel bad for the prey they kill? No. And why should they. So lets look a the reality of farming.

Research published in 2018 gathered estimates from various older studies and compared them to modern farming methods. The study, cautiously, estimated that more than 7.3 billion animals die each year from farming in the USA alone (not including insects).

  • About 40,000 ducks are killed each year to protect rice production in Australia alone
  • A billion mice are poisoned every year to protect wheat in Western Australia alone
  • Australian Apple growers can kill 120 possums a year to protect their orchards

“So a duck dying to protect a rice paddy for me is not much different for a cow dying to produce a steak,” Mr. Evans said. “They are both animal deaths that happen in the name of us being able to eat. So there is nothing that we can do that doesn’t have an impact on animals.”

Are plants that different than animals?

HEARING: Plants may not swing to the beats of your favorite song, but if, that’s another story. On sensing the approach of a predator, some plants flood their leaves with chemical defenses that are specifically designed to ward off attackers. For example, Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) produces a large amount of mustard oil in its leaves, and when the unknowing caterpillar consumes too much mustard oil, it succumbs to the poison and dies.

SCREAM: If you hurt a plant does it scream? Well, sort of. Not in the same way you or I might scream. Rather, they emit popping or clicking noises in ultrasonic frequencies outside the range of human hearing that increase when the plant becomes stressed. This, according to scientists, could be one of the ways in which plants communicate their distress to the world around them. The sounds plants emit are like popping or clicking noises in a frequency far too high-pitched for humans to make out. Unstressed plants don’t make much noise at all.

BREATH: Plants actually breath. Plants help us breathe by taking in carbon dioxide – CO2, and letting out oxygen through their leaves. This process is called plant respiration. The oxygen is a by-product of photosynthesis. The video below is incredible!

SMELL: Some plants use the smell of predators to activate their defenses. Interestingly, healthy trees in the vicinity of caterpillar-infested ones were more resistant to the pests because their leaves contained chemicals that made them unsuitable to eat. Other trees isolated from the infestation did not produce these chemicals, so it seems as though the attacked trees had sent an airborne pheromonal message that warned the neighboring trees to prepare for an imminent attack.

SIGHT: Several recent studies show that plants are capable of vision – and may even have something similar to the human eye, called ‘Ocelli’, which are basically photoreceptors. These allow them to differentiate between red and blue, and even see wavelengths that we cannot, in the far red and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum.

They don’t see pictures. But they see colors, they see directions, they see intensities. Plants see things that we can’t see. They see UV light and they see far red light, and we can’t see that at all. So I think we can say that plants see. It knows quite a bit, much more than we give them credit for.” —Steve Mirsky 

Plants can feel the presence of predators and take necessary action. In doing so, they exhibit some behavior that is eerily similar to animals.

TOUCH: Mimosa Pudica, also known as the ‘touch-me-not’ plant, is a rather interesting plant and quite famously so. The moment someone touches it, or if there is any perturbation in its structure, the plant rapidly closes its leaves. Some plants are even sensitive to hot and cold, allowing them to respond to the weather by doing things like changing their growth rates and modulating their use of water.

TASTE: The mechanism of taste involves soluble chemicals. As we know, when some plants are under attack, they release a variety of chemicals to warn their neighbors. Some of these chemicals are gases, which also work as airborne messengers. These gas molecules diffuse into other plants through the pores on the surface of their leaves, dissolve in the water inside, and then bind to a specific receptor, thus triggering the leaf’s defensive response. Who knew that plants could taste danger?

THINK: How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. A plant, he argues, can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory. But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a “neuroscience” of the flower?

PAIN: Plants don’t feel pain like us humans do, but some plant scientists posit that may be feel pain in their own way. Let’s dive into some plant neurobiology to figure out how these multicellular organisms might be experiencing pain.
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