Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas 2010

Real Christmas Trees Always Top Artificial Ones

Portland--Tom McNabb of Yule Tree Farms in Oregon gets a little flabbergasted when folks question if buying a real tree is better for the environment than an artificial tree, which he points out are made of petrochemicals.

“A real tree is grown on the plantation, it’s not from a forest but grown on a plantation just like corn or anything else, it’s just that it takes seven years to harvest it. They take in the carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. So they’re scrubbing a little bit of the environment. Basically the artificial tree is a toilet bowl brush that is a little bit prettier,” McNabb tells AFBF’s Johnna Miller in a Newsline interview.

Roughly 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold every year in the U.S. For every one of those, one to three new seedlings are planted the following spring. McNabb said these tree farms not only help to maintain green space, but are also a smart use of the land.

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