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Vivism and Plants
 
("Plantivism")
 

One week later this was totally crushed by a municipal mowing machine

  

 
Practising Vivism 
in relation to plants briefly can be described as: 
"Respecting life and well-being of all kinds of plants to a degree as large as possible" 
 
 
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Intro
 
Apart from the general Vivistic principle that no kind
 of living beings at all is done any harm, as far as plants concerns 
some additional motives to treat them as gentle as possible can be mentioned.
 
 They naturally give people:
 
- The possibility to enjoy their admirable beauty;
 
- Refreshed air, full of oxigen and vitamins, to breath in;
 
- The possibility to enjoy their fragrances;
 
- Edible fruits,  being the best food around and in many a case delicious moreover; 
 
- Fallen twigs, to make objects from (by hand and without industrial drawbacks); 
 
- Dry reed to make objects from  (by hand and without industrial drawbacks); 
 
- Cotton;
 
- Flax stalks to make linen of (on condition the stalks are cut off after the plant died off      naturally);
 
- Hay and straw (when their aboveground part has died off naturally);
 
- A soft earthface to lie, sleep, walk and fall on. 
 
- Cooling shade on hot sunny days;
 
- Shelter from inclement weather;
 
- Very good company and a natural home feeling out in the green (on condition one is sufficiently friendly to them);
 
 
So all in all it can be stated reasonably safe that this kind of creatures belongs to peoples best friends. This the more while they are perfectly non-violent towards them,
whereas only a few types can do any harm in case one touches them. 
Realizing all this can make it extra easy to respect life
and well being of plants.
 
  

   

What respecting life and well-being of plants mainly implies
 
 
- One doesn't eat them; 
 
Which comes down on not eating any kind of vegetables for the obtaining of which plants have to be killed of mutilated. In other words no leafy vegetables (like spinach, lettuce, leek etc.), no stalk vegetables (like rubarb), no root vegetables (like carrots, beetroot, asparagus etc , unless they are harvested after the aboveground green part has died off naturally), and no infloriscence vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.). 
More about this item on one of the Fructism pages: xxx .
 
- One doesn't poison or hoe them  (so called weeds);
 
- One doesn't tear or cut them in two (picking flowers, mowing grass, etc.);
 
- One doesn't pick off parts of their body (f.i. their leafs to make tea or tobacco from);
 
- One doesn' cut off parts of their body (f.i. reed plates to make cane suger from);
 
- One doesn't saw off parts of their body (pruning);
 
- One doesn't chop them (to use their body as building material or to make paper of);
 
- One doesn' cut in their skin, to make rubber out of their 'blood'; 
 
- One doesn't do anything, that brings along the risk, that they will burn alive (forest fire, verge fire); 
 
- One doesn't simply set them in fire massively (in order to gain cheap agricultural ground or to gain ground for housing projects);
 
- One doesn' pull them out of the ground and let them die of dehydration (peanut plants before the nuts are picked mechanically);
 
(All this "in principle", that is: 
"unless one is forced by circumstances to deviate from it to a certain extent").
 
 
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