The latest scientific evidence now seems to prove unequivocally what was proved unequivocally in first grade by putting a bean in a milk carton. Some people were not paying attention, however, or had to avert their eyes at one of Nature’s ugly struggles. For them, thank goodness for the New York Times:

_[__B]efore we cede the entire moral penthouse to “committed vegetarians” and “strong ethical vegans,” we might consider that plants no more aspire to being stir-fried in a wok than a hog aspires to being peppercorn-studded in my Christmas clay pot. . . .

Plants can’t run away from a threat but they can stand their ground. “They are very good at avoiding getting eaten,” said Linda Walling of the University of California, Riverside.

_”It’s an unusual situation where insects can overcome those defenses. . . .”

_”Even if you have quite a bit of knowledge about plants,” Dr. De Moraes said, “it’s still surprising to see how sophisticated they can be.”

Those poor “committed vegetarians” and “strong ethical vegans.” Imagine the shock: “Oh my God!, plants really do strive to live. Well, there’s just nothing left for a moral person to do but starve.”