Nature: What Plants Talk About
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Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave. Scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the secret world of plants, revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war.
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This DVD is wonderful! I learned a lot of this in college, in general terms, but this shows specifics, including time-lapse films of the plants in action. You see how they use chemicals to call other insect predators to eliminate the ones that are eating them, mushrooms that share with trees, benefitting both, plant parasites sniffing for the best plant to hook themselves into, plants calling for help and alerting other plants, to danger or good nutrients. You get to see the equivalent of a nervous system and movement away from danger or towards a good thing - just on an other than human timeline. It is just so very validating for me, as I learned this long ago, and many times folks seem to think a person is wacko when they tell others about these things - but here's the scientific proof presented in a way that's impossible to deny as well as entertaining, not preachy. My partner says people can get uncomfortable with the information partly because the stuff is actually scary when you think a little more deeply about it, and will never be able to look at a plant the same again, but like the accompanying book ( What a Plant Knows, by Daniel Chamovitz ), I just consider it testimony to the infinite diversity that is life even here on Earth, and am glad we are learning these things... and smile while I eat my cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato, thankful both to the creatures who give me nutrition, and that I have the perfect comeback to any vegetarians - since the plants as well as the animals are aware of what's going on. We are all part of nature's cycle.
I highly recommend this for plant lovers, science geeks, and gardeners.
Lets face it.. anything you put into you stomach that will keep you alive must have been alive itself.
This movie gives you a real understanding of how plants are alive even though they don't have sad eyes staring at you so you don't eat them.
I have no desire to kill anything but I refuse to ignore the reality that plants are alive so I can pretend to be a benevolent being that is not consumer of life.