Trees: The Universal Currency
Major topics of concern seem to be resurfacing In the year 2016. These topics include global warming and the economy. One revolves around the idea of correcting excessive CO2 emissions, while the other revolves around reevaluating one’s ability to accrue money. Because of this millions proclaim that those two topics are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. That is true. However, one little thread seems to be linking those together. That thread is trees.
The Truth About Trees
One is likely to be in a state of disbelief upon hearing they can save money and correct excessive CO2 emissions by planting trees. The question becomes why do individuals find it so hard to believe that trees can yield numerous benefits? The truth of the matter is that all this disbelief is the result of individuals having a distorted perception about the tree planting process. This perception includes thinking of the planting process as costly, uncertain, and overall time consuming, while ignoring all the other aspects that either counteract those negatives or introduce new positives. Overall this means the first step toward correcting financials and the environment is to correct this wrongfully formed perception.
Money Does Grow on Trees
Nearly two-thirds of the U.S population have less than 1,000 dollars in savings. This explains why millions of individuals require several incentives before they even consider spending a penny of their hard earned money. With that being said, trees offer numerous incentives when it comes to financial prosperity. The first point to make is that mature trees increase a home's value by 7-19 percent. That means after roughly 10 years and a few hundred dollars there is a minimum of a seven percent increase in the home's value. A 50,000 dollar home would increase by at least 3,500 dollars. 10 years for 3,500 dollars. That is a decent return, but nothing spectacular.
The return increases when one puts a single word in front of the word tree. That word is fruit. A fruit tree matures in half the time of a traditional tree. Additionally, fruit trees raise that 7 percent to the higher end of the scale because the individuals that are purchasing the home receive the fruit from the trees. That means the previously mentioned example would now be roughly 7,000 dollars in around 5 years. That is getting better, but it is still not so great that it makes one want to run to their savings account and withdraw a few hundred dollars.
The Tree Currency
As previously mentioned fruit trees mature around 5 years after being planted. The interesting fact is that those fruit trees begin producing fruit before they fully mature. In fact, if one were to average all the fruit trees they would find that each fruit tree starts producing fruit around three years of age. For example, the second most common fruit in the U.S is the apple. An apple tree that is deemed as being a dwarf or semi-dwarf can produce 1 to 2 bushels a year. That would be roughly 42-48 pounds, which is equivalent to 126 medium sized apples. That is 60 dollars per year.
The overall treatment to get that apple tree to the point where it is guaranteed to bear fruit (4 years) is around 950 dollars. That number accounts for fungicides, fertilizer, and all the labor involved. The labor involved was figured at 10 dollars per hour. With that being said, one can still show the return is significant over time. In 1-2 years the apple tree at least doubles its production of apples, which means the revenue is 120 dollars rather than 60. One may point out that the price to pay for the tree each year will still be a factor. That is true. However, an individual will either live in the house and continue taking apples from the tree or sell the home. Either way, it will be a win-win because the individual will either continue to live in the house until the revenue from the tree supersedes the investment or they will sell the tree and receive a surplus of money from the tree being on the property. That is definitely better than the starting point, but still not extremely enticing.
“To The Trees”
One of the most beloved stories of all time depicts a scene where one individual screams “to the trees.” That statement is declared because the individual wants the men and women to retire to the trees for protection. That is the idea that needs to be thought of when planting fruit trees. That thought process should be incorporated into the fruit tree process because a profit with the fruit trees is made when several trees possess fruits that complement each other's sprouting times. To put this in perspective the most exotic combination is listed below.
1. Oranges: This citrus fruit is diverse because it is available to be eaten 5-6 months out of the year. This allows an individual the pleasure of being able to pick the fruit over time rather than having to pick the fruit in a couple weeks. If the orange trees are not grown from seeds they take roughly 3-4 years to begin producing oranges. At that point, 10-15 pounds of oranges are produced.
2. Date palm: The date palm takes between 4-8 years to start bearing fruit, which means it will most definitely be the first plant that is put into the ground. Not all fruit trees are divided up into male and female. This is one of the fruit trees that is divided up into male and female classes. This can be seen by looking at the fact that one male can pollinate up to 50 female plants.
3. Barbados cherry: This fruit is unique because it has more vitamin C than almost all other fruits. Additionally, this fruit tree stays ripe for nearly 7 months, which gives one access to fruit for a prolonged period of time. Overall the tree takes 4-7 years to start bearing fruit.
4. Fruiting mulberries: These fruit trees can be divided up into purple and white. The purple mulberries stain the ground but manage to produce excessively high amounts of antioxidants. These fruit trees take between 2-3 years to bear fruit. They are known for their taste, which resembles a blackberry with sugar or syrup on it.
5. Loquat: This fruit starts growing when the oranges are done. This type of fruit tree can handle temperatures that drop below freezing. This fruit tree is praised for being a much sweeter orange that takes only 2-3 years to produce fruit.
6. Moringa tree: The food that comes from this tree is being deemed as the “new kale” because of its micronutrient richness. The major positive of this tree is that it does not need to be watered two years after sprouting and the seeds and bark can be used. Lastly, the tree produces edible bean pods, which allow it to compliment a salad.
Those previously mentioned fruit trees are just a few examples of the various combinations of fruit trees. The overall point was to show the diversity in fruits and the way each fruit tree can produce unique variations all year long. If one incorporates this type of planting method they will be able to stretch the price of their home beyond that 19% barrier. Additionally, they will be able to make a profit from selling the fruit that is not consumed.
At this point, the financial aspects of the tree growing process have been covered. The next aspect to analyze is the humanitarian aspect, which involves replenishing the world with oxygen. Throughout this work, houses have been referred to as financial incentives. Houses can also be thought of in terms of trees because the average home (2,600 square feet) is equivalent to 22 mature pine trees (16,380 board feet). Appliances such as wooden cabinets and hardwood floors could double that number of trees. That means at least half a ton of oxygen is being removed from the environment over the period of a year because that home was built. It is virtually impossible to give back all that oxygen by just planting trees, but one can at least begin the process of giving back that oxygen by planting as many trees as they can afford at a given time.
For One Or For All?
In today’s society, the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. The oxygen has decreased and the CO2 has increased. It is nearly impossible to format a solution that takes into account both of those facts because as the poor get poorer they must rely on the cheapest means of living (fossil fuels), which produce excessive CO2 emissions. The two methods of combating those predicaments are to either lower the cost of environmentally friendly technologies or to increase the tree population. All trees produce oxygen so one might as well strive toward planting the trees that produce the best results. The unequivocal evidence seems to point toward the fruit trees.
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