If food choices aren’t confusing enough an article in the New York Times questions whether eating a plant-based diet is as cruelty free as we like to think. No Face, But Plants Like Life Too explores the feelings that plants have and the various defense mechanisms they employ when attacked. The article veers off that path and meanders down a trail of thought that compares killing plants to slavery and genocide stating,
“Maybe the real problem with the argument that it’s O.K. to kill plants because they don’t feel exactly as we do, though, is that it’s the same argument used to justify what we now view as unforgivable wrongs.”
I just can’t buy into that argument. The author is right, all living species come equipped with ways of defending themselves against their natural predators. Without these no creature would have survived. Yet I still can’t reconcile the cruelty of factory farming with plucking a ripe tomato off the vine in my backyard. In the end it all comes down to personal choice and I’ll continue down the road I’ve traveled for 37 years. I don’t feel I have to justify what I choose to eat but if you do feel the need to make excuses, maybe that’s the indicator that you need to take a second look your diet.