Thursday, August 17, 2006

Don't Ask Marilyn

It appears that the Parade Magazine columnist Marilyn Vos Savant is in need of a research assistant. A reader wrote in this week with this simple question:

"How many trees must meet an untimely death to publish a single issue of an average Sunday newspaper?"

. . . And got this 100 percent wrong non-answer:

"None: You’ll be pleased to hear that the trees used for paper production do not come from public woodlands. Instead, they are purposely planted and grown on managed timberlands. So trees used for paper and wood products—such as homes—are farmed in much the same way as fruits and vegetables. Read as much as you like!"

Of course "public woodlands" are logged--often mercilessly--for commercial wood products. One commentor offered Marilyn a copy of Clearcut: The Tragedy of Industrial Forestry in case she has future research needs about logging in our national forests.

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