Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Do Plants Create Their Own Food?

Plants theoretically need water, sunlight and carbon-di-oxide to synthesize their food. In practical case, no plant grows with distilled water! They "eat" many other things from soil like dead animals, animal wastes, plant wastes, bacterial byproducts etc to survive. No plant can produce rice or wheat with pure distilled water, CO2 and sunlight! As the law of conservation of energy states, "energy can neither be created, nor be destroyed. If energy disappears in one form, it reappears in another", plants are not exceptional to create something out of nothing!

Now let us consider this. Termites which eat wood or bookworm which eats paper also derive their energy from non living things like the plants which derive their energy from CO2 and H2O. So, if eating plants is "higher morale" as some of our friends pointed out, can eating termites or bookworm also be "high morale"? What is the difference between sugarcane which grows absorbing manure through its roots and a beetle which eats it through mouth? They both consume same food. But eating former is called "high morale" while eating later is called "low morale"! Why?

It is possible to grow a cattle with plant remains and water alone! It is like growing plants with plant remains(natural fertilizers) and water alone. If eating such plant is "high morale" and eating a cattle which consumed the same food as the plant is "low morale" what is the point? People like Peter Singer accuse meat-eaters of "Speciesism" i.e. discrimination between species. But what they do is Speciesism. "Pisum sativum" is no lesser or greater than "Ovis aries". Both should be treated equally. Why they feel ok to kill former and oppose killing the later?

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