Thursday, January 16, 2014

Message from an Xmas tree

I'm not sure that's what a discarded tree would say if it could speak, but someone wants us to think about it.

3 comments:

Rain Trueax said...

we stopped doing trees for Christmas some years back and didn't buy a plastic one because it seemed what would be the point? It's a big business where I live and a crop exactly like any other crop. They grow them so tall and if they don't sell them that year, they go into a stack to be burned. The land is then replanted. In some of the ground, there probably isn't much else that could grow but it does seem wasteful especially considering the high price of the trees; and then all that never get to be one anyway. But the way they are grown isn't really different than cabbage or string beans etc. We actually quit because of allergies made worse by trees in the house...

janinsanfran said...

I've been told by country people who probably know that Xmas trees are a relatively harmless cash crop, grown on land that won't grow much else. So maybe they are okay, in a way.

Apparently the crop is threatened by climate change.

Rain Trueax said...

All our trees are experiencing big change, Jan. Needle drop and having fir trees die has been a big problem. As the climate becomes more mild and less wet, we are losing what we had. There are still a lot of Christmas trees being grown in the hills around my home. Amazingly they start cutting them in early November which amazes me as how can the trees last; but they bundle them and maybe refrigerate in big semis. It could be why they cut them all down at a certain size to start over. The farms also have U-cut options and make it into much the same as the pumpkins earlier.

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