Produce, sure, pesticides are bad. Meat, well, yea who knows what those weird poultry plumping hormones could do to us. But organic Christmas trees? Really? Besides the pretentious bragging rights attached to buying a (more expensive) “organic” tree, is there really any reason for a tree that exists entirely to be chopped down, adorned with tinsel and then die in a week to be chemical-free? Unless some hip artisanal restaurant is making Douglass Fir soup, what’s the point?
According to the proprietor of Windswept Farm, an herbicide and pesticide free x-mas tree farm in Vermont that has set up pine-scented shop on a Cobble Hill street corner, the trees take significantly more care and much longer to grow without fertilizers and pesticides that prevent insects from damaging the aesthetics of the tree. Where non-organic trees reach 7 or 8 feet in seven or eight years, his trees take up to 10 or 12 years to reach full festive holiday readiness height. But surprisingly, at $10 a foot, they’re pretty comparably priced to non-organic alternatives and resisting inflation according to our x-mas ’09 tree bargain roundup.
Brooklyn Daily quotes a DUMBO mom who said she went for an organic tree because she is concerned about the health of her kids. I’d like you to find me one report of a kid or pet dying because of chemical poisoning from a Christmas tree. Fine, I get that people with kids get
crazy protective. If you’re the type of person that generally buys organic, then you’re used to paying a bit more anyway. And if you have an extra $100+ to spend on an already dying plant intended only for decorative purposes, then sure, why not splurge for the organic tree and support a small business instead of a mass producing x-mas tree sweatshop.
Also, the organic tree farmer said pesticide free trees last 50 percent longer than standard trees. So that’s a bonus if you’re one of those people who procrastinates taking the tree down until the needles are spraying off everywhere leaving a sticky mess in the hallway for all your neighbors to drag back into their apartments.