From the moment of their arrival, about three hundred thousand years ago – nothing when compared to the history of life on our planet – humans have succeeded in changing the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. The causes of this reckless behaviour are in part inherent in their predatory nature, but they also depend on our total incomprehension of the rules that govern a community of living beings.
In The Nation of Plants, the most important, widespread, and powerful nation on Earth finally gets to speak. This Universal Declaration of Rights of Living Beings establishes norms applicable to all living beings. Compared to our constitutions, which place humans at the centre of the entire juridical reality, in conformity with an anthropocentricism that reduces to things all that is not human, plants offer us a revolution.
Stefano Mancuso is one of the world's leading authorities in the field of plant neurobiology and intelligence. He is a professor at the University of Florence and broadcasts widely on scientific topics in Italy. His previous books include The Revolutionary Genius of Plants and The Incredible Journey of Plants.
"Mancuso is the poet-philosopher of the movement, determined to win for plants the recognition they deserve"
– Michael Pollan, The New Yorker