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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Linus Pauling

I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: 'Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you.' … The twenty-five percent is for error.

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Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) - the average daily dietary nutrient intake level sufficient to meet the nutrient requirement of nearly all - ~97% - healthy individuals in a particular life stage and gender group. 

The process for setting the RDA depends on being able to set an Estimated Average Requirement (EAR). If an EAR cannot be set, no RDA will be set. The EAR is the daily intake value of a nutrient that is estimated to meet the nutrient requirement of half the healthy individuals in a life stage and gender group.

The RDA is set at the EAR plus twice the standard deviation (SD) if known (RDA = EAR + 2 SD). If data about variability in requirements are insufficient to calculate a standard deviation, a coefficient of variation for the EAR of 10% is ordinarily assumed (RDA = 1.2 x EAR).

The RDA for a nutrient is a value to be used as a goal for dietary intake by healthy individuals. The RDA is not intended to be used to assess the diets of either individuals or groups or to plan diets for groups.

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