Dr. Sterling P. Phillips, Chair Professor of Agronomics at Nebraska Southern University, theorized that perhaps, plants and veggies had feelings. Less than perfect vegetables were being sold as “ugly vegetables” at discount prices.
“They may indeed be blemished and misshapen, but is it necessary to refer to vegetables in this manner? It’s been proven in several studies that plants responded to positive stimuli–soothing music, calming voices. We would be well advised to treat vegetables better.”
“Then, perhaps plants would respond to positive stimuli by growing more; yielding more fruit; allowing us to feed more of the world’s populations.”
When Dr. Phillips was asked about the effect of blemished vegetable sales on market prices–he responded. “That’s bound to cause more competition and lower commodity prices in the long run.”
Misshapen vegetables resembling profiles of famous people showed up on e-bay and other websites. “Will their value go down if marketed ugly vegetables continue to sell at such a rapid pace?”
“I’m not addressing vagaries of e-bay and other websites. As far as I’m concerned, resemblance of vegetables to people and/or animals is purely happenstance. As P. T. Barnum said long ago, ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ And please stop calling them ‘Ugly Vegetables.’ Use ‘blemished’ or ‘less than perfect’ instead. Let’s be positive around our plants and our plants will respond positively.”
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