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CHRISTMAS TREES
REAL VS. FAKE CHRISTMAS TREES

REAL TREES ARTIFICIAL TREES
PLACE OF ORIGIN UNITED STATES & CANADA 85% FROM CHINA
METHOD OF PRODUCTION FARMING FACTORY
PLANTING TAKES PLACE JAN-MAY RAW MATERIALS SENT TO FACTORY & ASSEMBLED INTO FINAL PRODUCT
ESTIMATED 40-45 MILLION TREES PLANTED IN 2008 IN NORTH AMERICA PRODUCT IS SHIPPED TO U.S. AND CANADA THEN DISTRIBUTED TO STORES
ESTIMATED 446 MILLION TREES GROWING ON FARMS IN U.S. AND CANADA. NUMBER OF FACTORIES UNKNOWN
TREE FARMS SUPPORT COMPLEX ECO-SYSTEMS FACTORIES ONLY CONSUME NATURAL RESOURCES
COMPONENTS PLANT TISSUE PLASTICS AND METALS
100% BIODEGRADABLE NON-BIODEGRADABLE
PVC FREE ? YES NO
LEAD FREE ? YES NO (LEAD IS USED IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING PVC PLASTIC)
CARBON NEUTRAL? YES NO
TREES ABSORB CARBON DIOXIDE PLASTIC IS A PETROLEUM BY PRODUCT
WHEN DECOMPOSING, CARBON, NITROGEN AND OTHER ELEMENTS ARE RELEASED INTO SOIL  
CHEMICALS ? NO YES
SCIENTISTS HAVE MEASURED CUT CHRISTMAS TREES FOR CHEMICAL RESIDUE AND NOT FOUND ANY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS PVC ITSELF IS A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL
MANY DIFFERENT BUGS, FUNGI AND PARASITES CAN ATTACK AND KILL TREES, SO FARMERS MAY USE PESTICIDES TO KEEP CONSUMERS\' TREES HEALTHY AND ALIVE UNTIL HARVEST MANUFACTURE OF PVC CREATES AND DISPERSES DIOXINS, THE MOST TOXIC MAN-MADE CHEMICAL KNOWN
MOST PESTICIDES ARE GROUND APPLIED RELEASED INTO AIR OR WATER, DIOXINS ENTER THE FOOD CHAIN, WHERE THEY ACCUMULATE IN FATTY TISSUES OF ANIMALS AND HUMANS, A POTENTIAL RISK FOR CAUSING CANCER, DAMAGING IMMUNE FUNCTIONS AND IMPAIRING CHILDREN\'S DEVELOPMENT
HERBICIDES ARE USED TO SUPPRESS, NOT KILL OFF, WEEDS TO PREVENT SOIL EROSION  
IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU "THERE ARE CHEMICALS ON CUT CHRISTMAS TREES" THEY ARE WRONG
DISPOSAL RECYCLED LANDFILL
USED TREES CAN BE RECYCLED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS FAKE TREES CAN\'T BE RECYCLED AND END UP IN LANDFILLS
DECOMPOSING TREES ADD NUTRIENTS BACK INTO THE EARTH ALL OF THE ACCUMULATED FAKE TREES ARE A BURDEN TO THE ENVIRONMENT INDEFINITELY
RENEWABLE RESOURCE ? YES NO
NEW TREES ARE PLANTED EVERY YEAR PETROLEUM, USED TO MAKE PLASTIC, IS A NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE, AS ARE METALS
ECO-FRIENDLY ? YES NO
SOURCE : NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION