Not so fast. Plants, it turns out, are smarter than they look.
Botanist Daniel Chamovitz, author of What a Plant Knows, writes worrisomely, “Plants see if you come near them; they know when you stand over them. They even know if you’re wearing a blue or a red shirt. They know if you’ve painted your house or if you’ve moved their pots from one side of the living room to the other.”
If so, this certainly means that they know when they’re being picked and turned into ratatouille. Tomatoes and cucumbers, peppers and zucchinis; They’ve all got an eye on us. It’s an unsettling thought.
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