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Real Christmas Trees Are Good for the Economy, Environment
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/03/2008

The state's largest farm organization is sending a message to consumers who are considering purchasing a real Christmas tree this holiday season. Bill Bruins, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, says buying a real tree is a great way for people to support the local economy and the environment.

"In fact, having a real Christmas tree is a better environmental option (than artificial trees), because they are a recyclable and renewable resource," Bruins said. "Artificial trees are typically made from petroleum and shipped across the planet from China. So all things considered, locally-grown Christmas trees are a true gift, while artificial trees equate to a lump of coal in the environment's stocking."

The WFBF says Wisconsin is home to over 1,300 Christmas tree farms, where over 1.8 million evergreens are harvested annually from approximately 36,000 acres of land. This industry generates about $50 million dollars worth of economic activity in Wisconsin alone.

Wisconsin ranks fifth in the nation for the number of Christmas trees harvested, behind the states of Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

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