[LISTEN] Plant have rights and feelings says food anthropologist

In the food feature, author of Eat-Ting Anna Trapido chats about the the notion of human superiority in the animal kingdom, and addresses the rights and feelings of plants.

In general, humans have this notion that they are somehow better than other species says Trapido.

We tend to feel that if a creature can reason and make decisions, then it has the right not to be eaten she adds.

In terms of eating, I think that we are much more comfortable eating things that we think are not like us.

Anna Trapido, food anthropologist and author

Trapido says that most South Africans have stated that they’d struggle with the idea of eating a monkey because it has humanistic characteristics.

However, a lot of people would be quite happy eating a cow or chicken she adds.

A whole lot of research has suggested that plants are capable of doing all sorts of things that we once thought was exclusively reserved for animals.

Anna Trapido, food anthropologist and author

Trapido says that research has shown that plants can learn, remember, make decisions, and are involved in complex communication.

A female researcher in Australia has concluded that plants can exhibit classical conditioning.

Trapido says that if you ring a bell and it’s advantageous to the plants growth, the plants will learn to associate the bell with an advantageous situation.

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