Did you miss the Nature article about the Swiss government throwing a thorny one to a govt ethics committee: to debate the dignity of plants?
The story itself makes enough sense if you read the whole thing through; among the things this committee intends to debate is whether genetic modification is more than simply controversial when it interferes with a plant's ability to reproduce and therefore, remain itself.
What's been far more amusing is how the very idea of plants having dignity has brought out great humor in those cheeky Brits and to a lesser degree, we Americans (alas, unless we're crude, we're simply not as clever and prone to humorless, narrow-focused diatribe).
See what happens when you throw me to the blogs? Hell with it, I'm heading back to the wildflowers. Will post pix tomorrow...