Quiet Down, The Salad Can Hear You

By Sydney Fedora

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Next time you’re walking down the produce aisle, keep in mind that plants have feelings too.

Nope, this isn’t a joke. Researchers at the University of Missouri found plants can detect danger and respond defensively. So if you thought you were in the clear by innocently munching on some leaves, think again.

How does one test the emotions of a plant? Scientists recorded the sound vibrations of caterpillars nibbling on leaves and played it for plants that hadn’t been touched yet. In turn, the plants began producing mustard oil as a self-defense method because they thought they were being eaten.

However, the good news is, this study shows how plants defend themselves in the natural environment, not in your mouth. So for now, munch on salad lovers.

And all the vegetarian/vegans rejoiced.