The Problem: Too many Males

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It is becoming less and less rare to meet someone who suffers from “seasonal allergies” and very common to find that they do not know quite how they developed this condition later in life. My parents have had the opportunity to live in a different environment from the city and say that they never suffered from any allergies until they lived in Chicago. I myself have noticed that my allergies are worst in the city while they are almost non-existent when I am surrounded by more nature than in the city. So what is the problem if it is not the trees?

                Actually, the problem is the trees, all the male trees. We have rid ourselves of all the female trees and begun producing and planting a variety of trees which are all male trees. Are you wondering how it makes any sense to only have one gender tree without the other yet? Female trees produce seedpods, seeds, and fruit. All of which at some point fall on to the ground littering our paths. However, this “litter” is also what feeds the butterflies and birds among other living organisms that now have had to find food elsewhere.  People have been annoyed by the litter that female trees make and the bad smell that these trees give off.

                The way to end this littering is to get rid of all female trees. That has been done, and as a result we have this new epidemic of allergies. While male trees do not produce fruit or give off any funny odors that we may find bothersome, they do give off pollen, and a lot of it. Some of this pollen would customarily get caught by any of the female trees but not anymore. Instead, all of this pollen gets to fly around in our air and make its way into our respiratory system.

                Once again, man has made another problem for himself while attempting to fix another. We could be planting fewer male trees and some more female trees, or even trees with both male and female parts. Instead, we have taken extreme measure in ridding ourselves of all female trees and bringing upon us an unanticipated problem that has made us the “most natural effective pollen traps.”

 

Sources:

http://www.awarenessmag.com/marapr0/MA0_HOW_FEMALE_TREES.HTML

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5367114

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