Environment threatened by Christmas trees
Denmark is the worlds second largest producer of Christmas trees, but everything has its price. Consumers want green, beautiful, and strait trees and the producers are relaying on chemicals to provide them. But the production of these trees is threatening the environment, reported the Danish paper Politiken.
The Danish environmental organization Denmarks Naturfredningsforening is criticizing the production.
«The natural flora in the forest is being destroyed by too much chemicals,» said biologist Michael Stoltze, according to the paper. «It may take more than one hundred years before the forest floor rehabilitates itself with its natural vegetation.»
The Danish environmental organization urges consumers to dig a little deeper in their pockets and buy trees that may be a little crocket, but produced without chemicals.
«For the environment, the difference may be large,» Stoltze said. «Conventional Christmas trees are hard on the environment, and one should remember that Christmas trees are a luxury item. Christmas trees symbolize nature and its absurd that we are buying something that it hurting the environment.»
The Christmas tree production is a great success and a billion dollar industry for the Danish forestry. Annually 12 million trees are cut and exported; many end up in Norwegian homes.
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