Can Plants Feel Pain? Is That The Chard Screaming?

Can Plants Feel Pain? Is That The Chard Screaming?

Follow @katzenstein1 Could that noise be the silverbeet (chard) screaming? It sounds like a cry of agony coming from the board as the knife slides through the leaves. Those leaves are fresh from the garden, severed from the plants a few minutes ago – the knife cuts through living plant tissue. Can plants feel pain? Can they feel themselves being cut, damaged or eaten? Those questions must have occurred to most gardeners as they snipped, cut or pulled plants in…

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Grow Organic: How a Reluctant Gardener Acquired a Greenish Thumb

Grow Organic: How a Reluctant Gardener Acquired a Greenish Thumb

Follow @katzenstein1 It’s strange how something that seems insignificant can have far-reaching effects. One night I went to a student party with a friend. Thirty years or so later I began to grow organic food. No, you haven’t missed something – all will be explained. I liken my transformation to the Butterfly Effect, from the Chaos Theory: “It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the…

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