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It just dawned on me that in just another months I will be walking, driving past blocks upon blocks with dying trees lying in front of most every building in America, that were purchased just days to weeks ago.
Why? Why is it socially acceptable for the majority of American families to purchase a tree to showcase in their homes a few days to weeks in their home, then drag them out to the curbside literally yesterdays trash- for these days, 'recyling'?
Why is it such a booming Christmas industry, to clear acres upon acres of land, just to plant trees that will all be killed every 10 years?
The NCTA stated that every acre of Christmas trees in production produced the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people; with 500,000 acres (200,000 ha) in production in the U.S. alone, that amounts to oxygen for 9 million people per day. The NCTA also stated that the farms help to stabilize the soil, protect water supplies and provide wildlife habitat. In addition, the industry points to the reduction of carbon dioxide through Christmas tree farming. An independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study, conducted by a firm of experts in sustainable development, states that a natural tree will generate 3.1 kg of greenhouse gases whereas the artificial tree will produce 8.1 kg per year.
A 1998 report from the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station predicted increasing environmental concerns about tree production and use as one possible reason people may favor artificial trees in the future. The report cited the use of fertilizers and pesticides and increasing concerns regarding tree disposal as the chief elements in its prediction. Critics of tree farming have raised the concerns highlighted in the 1998 report, as well as other issues, such as the effect that large-scale tree farming operations have on biodiversity. Pesticide use on Christmas tree farms is one of the main concerns of environmentalists; fir trees are vulnerable to a wide array of pests and diseases which requires the use of pesticides and other chemicals including the widely used herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate is commonly used in Christmas tree production in the U.S. state of North Carolina, where studies have found traces of agricultural chemicals in homes and tree industry workers' urine samples. The average Christmas tree receives roughly a half of an ounce (14 g) of pesticide over its lifetime.
Because tree farms are a renewable resource. They are replanted, and during their lifetime they provide oxygen and other things to the world, and in their death they will become non-hazardous waste.
Some tree farms do not even plant directly into soil, but into soil bags. In other words, they have limited [negative] impact on the environment. (For the most part)
I've already questioned the deforested land being used to grow not trees, but Christmas trees. That makes alot of difference, because all that growing, feeding, pesticiding goes into just weeks of enjoyment, then more fuels are used just to collect and mulchify them.
Like I said, every year people are buying a tree to kill but they are not planting trees to make up for vastly deforested lands needed for their highly consumptive
and needing Christmas trees just adds to the total amount of land deforested to satisfy each consumer with their grown footprint.
IF it's DISPOSABLE.. the masses love it!
Ok replies are posting not as I'm sending them. Anyone else experiencing this?
Your make a good point - how many people celebrate x-mas who don't even know the reason for it. I'm quite sure there are many thousands. Onto tree's - wish I could just plant one in my living room (would love a big log home with one right through the middle on a big center porch area - if I could keep it alive) but since can't we get to go cut them down ourselves - helps the forest service to thin things out. A permit is required that cost like 5.00. They provide info on how it can help if people do it right. I've thought of how sad it is as the years have passed as well but if it helps prevent wildfires to some extent I don't mind putting one to use. If it weren't for that I would buy a fake one.edit on 28-11-2013 by Dianec because: Scrambled post once sent.
reply to post by gardener
Are you insane? Whining about the use of 5 year old trees that are farmed for this purpose when young women abort their human babies? Get your priorities straight- unless your priorities are to pick on the productive members of this society who decorate once a year with trees that end up as mulch or firewood. What an incredible display of ignorance.