An ecological myth called recycled paper

Economic laws are sometimes surprising to us, but they are true. Today we will talk about why we have few trees. In the interpretation we start with wheat.

What? Don't you understand the connection between wheat and trees? So hear…

There lived one farmer Joseph. The farmer owned a large plot of land, part of which he grew wheat. He lived happily, in fact he lacked nothing.

The years went by and Pepa contentedly plowed, plowed, harvested, sold. Once, when the harvest was over and Pepa wanted to sell, his old acquaintance and his customer, Franta, came to see him. Franta said, "Hale, Pepo, bakeries want a lot more flour for me, you do, sold Would you give me more now? ”Pepa paused — he had other customers, he couldn't give Frant everything…“ Hal, I'll give you ten percent more, when mi you will sell all the wheat! ”That was a good argument for Pepa - he would earn ten percent more than if he made wheat will sell and other customers! "Great, I'm taking this, take it all," Pepa said, and Franta had as much wheat as he needed.

Franta left with the wheat and made flour from the wheat. They came from bakeries for flour, and bakery buyer Adam also came along with the hauliers. “Hi Franto! You know, people started buying us an awful lot of buns and breads, I need more for next time flourThe situation was repeated - as with wheat. Franta needed more wheat, bakeries for Adam. But Pepa once again sold all the wheat, where can he get another?

People started buying more bakery products, so the bakery needed more flour. The miller needed more wheat, the farmer had to sow more wheat. The price went up, it paid off for Pep. And not only to Pep, but also to many other farmers, because people didn't just buy more buns from one particular bakery. It can be said that everyone who could grew wheat.

And how does that relate to those trees?

Now we have Karel here, who owns the forest. Once in a while, David, who has a woodworking company, comes to him to agree with Karel on how much wood to buy from him at what price. David supplies processed wood to paper mills that produce paper for end consumers.

David came to see Charles once. "Damn, Karl, I need to take less wood from you. People are now buying the recycled paper, yes, when it's so environmentally friendly 'David bought less wood, Karel did not sell as much as he had planned, he went down with the price of wood, the price fell. It was no longer worthwhile for other forest owners to take care of the forests and they stopped planting new trees. The number of forests and trees has declined.

Do you know why non-recycled paper is greener?


  1. This is such a stupid article, you probably had to come up with it yourself right after you went crazy, right.

    1 / Forests worked..millions of years without people and without ones like you in particular. The forest is a natural habitat - and it is definitely better without humans. Unlike the field, which is an artificial system and man had to create and cultivate it. So the comparison is completely out of the question.

    2 / Even if you calculated that the forest needs maintenance, the paper consumption in 2006 in the Czech Republic was 143 kg, in 1994 it was only 64 kg - that would mean according to this stupid logic - that we now have more than twice so many forests.

  2. Štěpán, the Czech forests were planted the vast majority for logging and wood processing, while a large part is used for paper production. The fact that the amount of woody plants and forests is declining is simply because the demand for wood is declining - which is also due to recycled paper (to a large extent).

  3. Well, I don't know, I don't know. This comes to me as a very narrow and simplified view.

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