When I read the post Flowers: a Polemic Issue, I thought: “Stopping to buy flowers is not the solution”. This is why:
“Many cut flowers come from great distances. In England, 25% of all flowers sold on Valentine’s Day come from Kenya”. Why don’t we speak about the CO2 spent to transport guns around the planet? I’m glad to know England buys flowers from Africa.
“Cut-flower workers are exposed to large quantities of toxic chemicals” Do you think that if African farmers planted tomatoes they would be exposed to less pesticides? The problem is pesticides, not flowers.
“Large fields produce a big quantity of flowers. We could use this land to produce food”. England does not want the African potatoes, it wants flowers. Kenya is a very poor country. Flowers create jobs.
In the ideal world, flower fields might be replaced by food, and we might live in castles like kings. Anyone who finds such a place please let me know. But as long as we’re in the real world, let the flower growers do their work in peace.
This post was kindly written by our student Giulliard. Thank you Giu for showing us the beautiful side of flowers production.