Friday, December 18, 2009

Real Christmas Trees 'Greener' than Fake

It may not sound like "tree-hugging," but cutting down a real tree for Christmas is actually greener than going with the artificial kind, one scientist says.
"It is a little counterintuitive to people," said Clint Springer, a biologist at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Because of concerns over deforestation around the world, many people naturally worry that buying a real tree might contribute to that problem, Springer says. But most Christmas trees for sale these days are grown not in the forest but on tree farms, for the express purpose of being cut.

Read the whole story here:

Real Christmas Trees 'Greener' than Fake | LiveScience

Of course, there is controversy with this as well.  There is a group of tree growers who are looking to influence Christmas Tree Farms to change the way in which they grow trees.  Without pesticides, and utilizing real environmental conditions using sustainable farming practices.  Read more HERE.

Nothing is simple, dear gardener, even the Christmas tree choice!