RE: Allergy-Free Gardening
What was it that Regan said about trees causing air pollution?
Undoubtedly there must be some valid science in this article that members of
this listeserve can parse better than I can. Are there serious articles in
allergy journals, the asthma literature? I've never heard this one before
However, in NY, the asthma we get is from burned fossil fuels, killer
traffic ( Manhattan is up 70,000 more car trips per day from 5 years ago - a
mere drop in the bucket compared to the millions of single passenger trips
we now have) diesel buses and trucks. We get tons of crap pumped in the air
from the remaining smokestack industries in the area and illegally black
chimney exhaust from landlords who don't maintain their furnaces properly.
Rudy Giuliani is spraying all kinds of stuff to get rid of West Nile virus
bearing mosquitos - sometimes spraying/drenching citizens directly.
Rat & roach droppings have also been added to the asthma list mix.
Neighborhood activists and commuity boards beg, and sometimes get the
street trees we need for our blocks.
Inquiring minds need to know:
Is the carbon dioxide that our trees are helping produce ( in the midst of
our environment sorta like spitting in the wind, grant you) being
compromised by their sex?
I know that to the liberal imagination, white males are the source of all
evil, but are male trees on the pc hit list too?
I'm a city boy: how do you tell the sex of a tree? Can my dogs tell?
List, help me out here, please!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leo Horrigan [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 12:03 PM
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> Subject: [cg] Allergy-Free Gardening
> Thought people on this list would be interested in this item I snipped
> from the Toronto Community Garden Network's email newsletter ....
> Subject: NETWORK E-NEWS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2000
> Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 00:08:27 -0400
> From: Toronto Community Garden Network
> To: 1TCGN E-K <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALLERGY FREE GARDENING>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> LEARNING TO LOVE LITER OR THE POLITICS OF POLLEN
> by Thomas L. Ogren (email@example.com)
> Allergy problems are worse today than ever before in our lives. Deaths
> asthma continue to climb each year at an alarming epidemic rate.
> In our urban landscapes we now have the most manipulated kind of city
> ever seen. In the past twenty years landscapers have grown inordinately
> of using male trees. In dioecious species (separate-sexed) there are
> separate male trees and separate female ones.
> Female trees and shrubs do not produce any pollen, ever, but they do
> messy seeds, fruits, old flowers, and seedpods. Landscapers and city
> arborists consider this female byproduct to be "litter," and they don1t
> to see it lying on our sidewalks.
> As a result we now have huge tracts of these litter-free or "seedless"
> landscapes in our cities. What these actually are, of course, are male
> clones. As males their job is to produce pollen, and that they do! Even
> though in many cities we have less total vegetation than we used to, we
> more pollen in our air now than ever before.
> In nature separate-sexed plants are usually about 50/50. Half of them are
> male and half are female. The female plants catch pollen from the
> it from circulation, and turn it into seed. Female trees are nature1s
> traps, natural air-scrubbers.
> In our modern cities though, female trees and shrubs are rarely used any
> longer. Of the five most available street trees for sale now, four of the
> top five are male clones.
> Because no one bothered to consider the effect of the pollen from these
> trees, we now have many elementary schools, ringed with male shade trees,
> and full of asthmatic children. Pollen counts exceeding sixty thousand
> grains of tree pollen per cubic yard of airspace have been found in
> elementary school yards. What does this mean? Simply, it means that on
> playgrounds, every child there is inhaling several thousand grains of
> allergenic pollen with each breath of air they take! And people are
> surprised that childhood asthma is so common now?
> In the past "experts" have criticized the concepts of allergy-free
> landscaping by saying that, "It doesn't matter what you plant in your own
> yard. Pollen will just blow in from somewhere else."
> What these so-called experts failed to mention is that the closer you
> are to
> the source of the pollen, the more you get. In some ways it is quite
> to second-hand smoke: If someone is smoking a block away from you, yes,
> of that smoke might reach you. However, simple common sense tells us that
> this isn1t at all the same as having someone smoking right next to you. A
> large male tree in your own yard will expose you to more than ten times
> amount of pollen as would a similar tree just down the block.
> So what are we to do? In my book, Allergy-Free Gardening, July 2000, Ten
> Speed Press, I strongly suggest we embrace the politics of pollen. At
> five cities in the US now have some form of pollen control ordinance:
> Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, El Paso, and Albuquerque. We need to do
> things and we need to do them quickly.
> 1. We need city-by-city local ordinances that forbid the further sale and
> planting of wind-pollinated male clones of trees and shrubs. Enough
> 2. We need to train people in tree grafting so that they can get started
> changing the multitude of male trees into female trees. Yes, we can give
> these trees much-needed sex changes and we ought to get with it. This is
> surprisingly effective and quite easy to do.
> 3. All landscape plants for sale in nurseries should be required to have a
> numerical allergy rating on each container. OPALS already exists and needs
> to be used. With this system: 1 = least allergenic, and 10 = most
> 4. We need to ask ourselves and our elected representatives these two
> questions: How much more allergy is acceptable? How many more children
> to die from asthma each year before we decide to put an end to these
> destructive landscape practices?
> 5. I think the answer is obvious. We need to get started now
> Thomas Leo Ogren, is the author of Allergy-Free Gardening, July 2000, Ten
> Speed Press.
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