This must be the first summary I've read on /. in over a dozen years that wasn't just a copy-pasted paragraph from the article. Kudos for that.
On the other hand, I didn't much like the slant (which must be popular in the post-modern, green, politically-correct, think-of-everything-little, brave new world) of the first sentence.
Hell yeah, I'm gonna prune that sucker of a peach tree in my back yard (or as you may prefer to put it: rob it of of it's precious, verdant, aspiring fire wood) despite the fact that peach trees grow just fine without pruning. Why? So that it can bear more precious, fragrant, soft, juicy fruit, of which I will rob it too. That's the whole point of planting a tree in my back yard (instead of burning fossil fuels to travel to some place thousands of miles away that has wild trees, just to collect a few.)
Oh, and please get off my precious green lawn while you're at it.