|[Ginkgo fruits on the street]|
Secondly, these ginkgo fruits give off an offensive odor when rotten or squashed because the fruit’s husk contains acid that produces an overpowering smell when exposed to air. This means that stepping on it or leaving it on the streets to rot will make the streets of Korea stink of vomit. The fruits also get stuck onto people’s shoes, making them smell horrible.
Thirdly, it causes danger to stray animals because the gingko fruit contains a poisonous substance that harms the animals.
Last but not least, when some people choose to walk on roads to avoid the ginkgo fruits, it will make them more prone to car accidents. I conducted a street survey to 12 pedestrians on a street covered with ginkgo fruits near my house about how they felt towards the issue. 11 out of 12 of them replied that they were disgusted by the ginkgo fruits covering the streets and the roads. As it can be seen here, people are certainly not satisfied with the issue currently and the government is doing their best to provide solutions to the issue.
|[Doughnut pie chart of street survey results]|
Another popular solution is to clear off the ginkgo fruits even before they are ripe to drop. This is a less expensive and an easier way to get rid of the odorous ginkgo fruits but this, too, requires many big machines and manpower.
While ginkgo trees might be good colonnade trees with beautiful yellow autumn leaves, they have a big disadvantage of smelly fruits that maybe is impossible to get rid of, after all.
임다경 Im Dakyoung
Seoul Daewang Middle School
임다경 Im Dakyoung email@example.com
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