All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

My friend saved a tree, which someone had thrown out almost without roots, by planting it in his garden, and sent me another email update with "Poor tree" in the subject.

Trees are living organisms. This tree was recently cut in my area just because it belonged to a species with supposedly invasive roots.

This is a photograph of the tree now. Below you can see how it looked before.

Our Dialogue Today

Friend:
Only one tiny living twig left (but I still have hope for next year)...

Lena (me):
Oooh.

Friend:
Yes, I've been reading what tree experts write about root damage and there is no way this little tree will survive.  Its roots were almost all gone. :-(
But I'm not giving up till next spring.  Maybe the experts are wrong.  Maybe it can grow some new shoots...

Lena:
In my area a gorgeous tree was cut down just because it had potentially invading roots. I pass it on my runs, the roots are still there... I am making a painting with it.

Friend:
That sort of thing disgusts me.  When I wrote "root damage" I meant damage (injury) to the roots themselves, not damage caused by roots. I doubt roots do any damage to damn people - but I'm sure there is much more written about that subject than about the injury we cause to roots!

Lena:
I know, what you ment. They were afraid about pipes under the ground. The whole thing pains me: no distinguishing between plant organisms and inanimate objects - the healthy tall tree was treated like a stone, or rather like dirt.

Friend:
I know. Pains me too...

Initial Short Story, December 2016

Friend:

It's a long story - I saved and planted an almost dead tree today (the neighbors ripped it out and dumped it in pile).  It may not survive (hardly any roots left and many branches already brown) but at least now it has a chance. It's a blue spruce. (This is not mine). Wish my Xmas tree luck!  I has a tough battle ahead. :-(

Lena:

Oh, I hope it makes it! So beautiful!

Friend:

I'll take a picture of the poor thing tomorrow.  I'm worried it has too little roots left, but it's a good size... Maybe...

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Food Energy

Food energy is chemical energy that animals derive from their food and molecular oxygen through the process of cellular respiration. Humans and other animals need a minimum intake of food energy to sustain their metabolism and to drive their muscles.

Organisms derive food energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins as well as from organic acids, polyols, and ethanol present in the diet. Some diet components that provide little or no food energy, such as water, minerals, vitamins, cholesterol, and fiber, may still be necessary to health and survival for other reasons. 

Using the International System of Units, researchers measure energy in joules (J) or in its multiples; the kilojoule (kJ) is most often used for food-related quantities. An older metric system unit of energy, still widely used in food-related contexts, is the "food calorie" or kilocalorie (kcal or Cal), equal to 4.184 kilojoules. 

<>Fats and ethanol have the greatest amount of food energy per mass, 37 and 29 kJ/g (8.8 and 6.9 kcal/g), respectively. Proteins and most carbohydrates have about 17 kJ/g (4.1 kcal/g). 

Conventional food energy is based on heats of combustion in a bomb calorimeter and corrections that take into consideration the efficiency of digestion and absorption and the production of urine. 

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