Do you enjoy the smell of fresh-cut grass ?
It was surprising to learn that this scent is produced by the tiny plants when they are feeling upset.
Chemicals called green-leaf volatiles ( GLVs) are released by grass plants as a distress signal when the mower cuts them , and this odor acts as a warning to other plants of approaching danger. (sources available on internet).
Further evidence of plants feeling pain was produced by a large scale study done at Tel Aviv University in 2019. Studies on tomato and tobacco plants showed that the plants screamed in response to being injured. The screams are silent to our ears of course, but they were measured using ultrasound technology.
The ‘Plant Rights’ Movement is gaining momentum.
In 2008, Switzerland became the first country to officially recognize the rights of plants. Plants must be treated with dignity, and never humiliated, it is maintained.
These concepts have been formally incorporated into the Swiss Constitution.
We are expected, of course, to care for the world, since it is God’s beloved creation, but we need to avoid entering environmental madness. Studying plant pain seems somewhat superfluous when human lives are in peril in the womb.
There is also a danger of worshipping what has been created rather than the Creator.
Statistically, people who ‘leave’ organized religion tend to gravitate to the new religion of Environmentalism, where salvation becomes secondary to ‘saving the planet’.
Although sustainability is a noble concept, let us be aware that urban atheists in particular seem to be attracted to Environmentalism as a religion.
Lawnmowers are getting ready to come out now here in our village. The beautiful stillness will be interrupted by their grumbling sounds.
However, I now know that tiny grass plants would rather grow long and sway in the wind.
May God grant us wisdom and discernment .
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