is the process in which plants change carbon dioxide and water (in the presence of sunlight) into food. As a result of this process, oxygen and water vapor are released into the atmosphere.
Like other green plants, Christmas trees produce their food using the process of photosynthesis. It occurs in tiny openings in their needles, which are their leaves. Carbon dioxide enters these tiny holes, mixes with water droplets that have traveled from the roots, and if sunlight is present, photosynthesis occurs. The tree produces carbohydrates (food) and oxygen and water vapor are released.
Do you believe that planting a tree for Earth Day and Arbor Day is a good thing?
- A greenhouse gas—carbon dioxide—is removed from the atmosphere
- Trees provide homes and nourishment for wildlife
- Wind and water erosion is prevented
There are hundreds of millions
of Christmas trees growing in farms across the country. Every one of them is taking carbon dioxide out of our atmosphere and releasing oxygen for us to breathe. And when each is harvested, the farmer replants 2-3 new trees. Christmas trees are good for the environment—they are good for us.