According to Alison Abbott in Swiss ‘dignity’ law is threat to plant biology (Nature News), “The Swiss federal government’s ethics committee on non-human biotechnology has mapped out guidelines to help granting agencies decide which research applications deeply offend the dignity of plants — and hence become unfundable.”
Maybe I need to rethink my Grumpy Flowers post. Perhaps they’re a bit put off because they’ve been relegated to the back door, in a somewhat neglected flowerbed next to a sidewalk, where they’re essentially ignored by employees hurriedly entering or leaving the building.
Just imagine how the corpse plant (Amorphophallus titanum) plant must feel — a double whammy of indignity!
Actually, I have real difficulty in believing that any plant’s dignity could be offended, deeply or otherwise.
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