Plants, Dead Or Alive

— Aaron

When is a plant dead? I know an person or animal is usually considered dead when it’s heart stops beating, or when there is no brain activity. But what about a plant? There’s no brain! No muscles actively pushing fluids through it, either.

So when is it dead? Is it dead when there is absolutely no activity in any of the cells? Does that mean we could be eating somewhat living plants for dinner? That seems strange. All the animals I eat are thoroughly dead, and usually have been for a number of days. Does it weird anyone else out that you may or may not be eating living plants?