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Are Your Palm Sunday Palms Bad for the Environment?
Slate ^ | Friday, March 22, 2013 8:08 AM | Jay Wexler

Posted on 03/24/2013 1:48:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai

March 24 is Palm Sunday, which means that millions of Christians across the country will be celebrating Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem by carrying palm leaves, often shaped in the form of a cross, into their places of worship. Where do these palms come from? Most likely they have been imported from one of a few Latin American countries: Guatemala, Belize, or southern Mexico, for instance. And most likely, they have been harvested in a manner that is harmful to the environment. Harvesters are often paid by volume rather than quality, and they have a strong incentive to cut as many leaves as possible, without paying attention to what this reckless cutting is doing to the fragile forests of one of the world’s most important ecological regions.

In a few select communities in northern Guatemala and the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, however, villagers—with help from governmental public lands agencies and organizations such as Rainforest Alliance and Pronatura Sur—have adopted a series of impressive harvesting practices aimed at protecting the environment and ensuring a long-term supply of sustainably-harvested palms. Because palm plants need the shade of the forest’s tall trees to survive, maintaining a sustainable palm crop also gives villagers an incentive to protect the forests as a whole. Churches in the United States should buy their palms from these villages. …

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Gardening; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: antichristian; antichristianbigotry; antitheism; climatechangehoax; culturewar; envirowhackos; globalwarminghoax; globalwarmingscare; palmfronds; palmsunday; pravdamedia; stalinisttactics; sustainability; waroneaster; waronreligion; washingtonpoo
They always make something up, don’t they.
1 posted on 03/24/2013 1:48:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Seriously? They always have to find a way to attack Christianity, don’t they. /rhetorical


2 posted on 03/24/2013 1:52:08 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Olog-hai

Headline “Palm Sunday causing Global Warming during Sequester”. Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 03/24/2013 1:55:58 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot.)
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Our church shifted to fake fronds, so they can be reused.
The Easter lilies, though, are real and placed throughout the sanctuary. After Easter, they can be planted or taken to nursing homes.


4 posted on 03/24/2013 1:59:47 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Olog-hai

Know your enemy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slate_(magazine)

Slate is a United-States-based English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by the Washington Post Company. Since 4 June 2008 Slate has been managed by The Slate Group, an online publishing entity created by the Washington Post Company to develop and manage web-only magazines.


5 posted on 03/24/2013 2:00:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

Mrs. Wexler’s little Jay Jay REALLY needs to find a hobby or something.


6 posted on 03/24/2013 2:00:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: Olog-hai

Hey Wexler! Go hump a donkey!


7 posted on 03/24/2013 2:00:47 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Marchione.)
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To: Olog-hai; Revolting cat!
Where do these palms come from? Most likely they have been imported from one of a few Latin American countries: Guatemala, Belize, or southern Mexico, for instance.

Are they fair trade/dolphin safe? Do they offer partner benefits for same sex couples? The pravda media wants to know!

8 posted on 03/24/2013 2:02:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

I think this is a false report (consider the source!).

I happen to KNOW that most American Churches get their palms from several farms in South Florida. They are grown and harvested under careful conditions, as evidenced by the uniformity and health of the fronds used by churches (Catholic and Protestant) across America. If this article were true, the palms distributed would be various sizes, not green and healthy-looking like the palms we see. Thge harvest can only be done once a year anyway, so how could this be hurting the environment?

These family-owned and operated farms were featured on several TV documentaries, provide employment for harvesters during the off-season, and are a source of agricultural income for my state.

Not to mention they are a part of Christian Cultural life, which is, I suspect, the whole reason for this article in the first place.


9 posted on 03/24/2013 2:02:48 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Olog-hai
well they weren't, but i'll make SURE they are now...
10 posted on 03/24/2013 2:05:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Olog-hai

Get a life, Slate.

Oh, forgot, you’re liberals.

Please, leave the thinking to grownups.


11 posted on 03/24/2013 2:06:12 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: left that other site

I have no doubt that this is a false report.


12 posted on 03/24/2013 2:08:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
I told one of our parishioners this morning that if he ground his palm frond into a fine powder and mix it with water, it would make an extraordinary laxative.

Or as the saying goes, "With fronds like these, who needs enemas."

13 posted on 03/24/2013 2:14:38 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Olog-hai; MarineMom613; Ron C.; wolfman23601; ColdOne; navymom1; Pat4ever; RIghtwardHo; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

14 posted on 03/24/2013 2:16:36 PM PDT by narses
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To: Olog-hai

Who gives a fig.

Crypto Marxists


15 posted on 03/24/2013 2:23:29 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Olog-hai

Oh good grief.

If it was part of a Muslim celebration you wouldn’t hear a word.


16 posted on 03/24/2013 2:23:31 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Bump


17 posted on 03/24/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Olog-hai

“Most likely they have been imported...”

Fakse They come from the Coachella Valley of California.

The same place that replaced the Date Palm Trees of Morocco when they had their wilt disease.


18 posted on 03/24/2013 2:36:28 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I predict the exact same Freepers will hate the GOP Candidate for: 2016,2020,2024,2028, 2032.)
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To: Olog-hai
I'm not even remotely Catholic, and this article still pisses me off !
19 posted on 03/24/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT by tomkat ( CWII - let's get on with it !)
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To: Olog-hai

From the pile it higher and deeper crowd. This is without a doubt one of the biggest loads of BS I have read this year.

I live in the low desert of Southern California. It is the date palm capital of the US, and the only source of dates in the US. In addition, we have numerous other varieties of palm tries. Our Summer temperatures can reach 120 degrees, and all of these palm trees are in direct sunlight. Yet all of our palm trees thrive. In fact, the palm trees in our residential communities have to be pruned every year. Even if one removed every single frond from a palm tree, within a couple of months, new fronds would be growing rather quickly.

This is simply one more anti-Catholic rant by the religion haters of this world.


20 posted on 03/24/2013 2:38:44 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: Olog-hai
without paying attention to what this reckless cutting is doing to the fragile forests of one of the world’s most important ecological regions.

Give me a break! Fragile?! Not hardly. Things grow very fast in the rainforest.

21 posted on 03/24/2013 2:38:46 PM PDT by Jemian
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To: Olog-hai

Agreed!


22 posted on 03/24/2013 2:46:51 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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