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Why Buy Organic Flowers?

Why Buy Organic Flowers?

 

Many of us will be buying or sending flowers for Mother’s Day. There are very real and important reasons why organically-grown flowers are the best choice.

According to Organic Bouquet, growing flowers organically:

  • Reduces toxic chemical usage.
  • Brings life to the soil.
  • Best for the environment.
  • Safer for farmers and farm workers.
  • Promotes long-term sustainability of farmland.

One of the problems with pesticides is that they don’t stay put: They drift, getting into and contaminating water supplies, our homes, gardens, and bodies. Since many pesticides have been implicated in ozone depletion and the rising incidence of cancer, non-organic flower-growing has a serious impact on our health and the environment.

Rather than using toxic chemicals to destroy pests, organic farmers rely on prevention, and also on growing thriving, pest-resistant plants through healthier soil and environment. So organic flower-growers not only reduce the amount of toxic compounds in the biosphere, they actually improve the environment and promote the sustainability of farmland.

Many of the flowers we buy at supermarket floral departments and florists come from other countries where pesticide regulations are far more lax than they are here. Floral workers suffer the risk of exposure to chemicals that have been banned in the United States.

Support the health of our planet and ourselves by supporting the organically-grown flower industry. Here are a few links to help you find organic flowers.

To order organic flower bouquets:

Organic Bouquet

California Organic Flowers

And to find local organic growers, see Local Harvest.

 

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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Organic is Best for Flower Bouquets, Too!

Organic is Best for Flower Bouquets, Too

 

How “fresh” can most cut flowers for sale be, given the amount of pesticides  and fungicides (up to 50 times as much as can be used on food crops)  used to grow them? There’s also the fact that the vast majority (around 80  percent) of cut flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from far away, often from  countries like Columbia and Ecuador.

If you are not inclined to grow flowers yourself using chemical-free methods,  it’s more than worth it to consider getting sustainably grown flowers. These have been reared  without synthetic, toxic substances and by workers who are paid a fair wage for  raising them. Instead of pesticides, growers can use predatory mites to kill  spider mites and thrips that damage petals and leaves. Instead of being shipped  to you in mounds of styrofoam and plastic packaging, flowers from retailers  seeking to meet eco-standards come to you in biodegradable, green materials.

The Fair  Trade and Veriflora  labels can help you figure out which flowers were raised using sustainable  practices. Flowers with Fair  Trade and/or Veriflora  certification come from farms that have been audited to ensure they follow  strict environmental and labor standards. For instance, in recognition of the  discrimination women in the flower industry often experience, Fair Trade requires that farms provide employee benefits,  including twelve weeks of paid maternity leave and child care.

Fair Trade’s and Veriflora’s certification do not, however, require  flowers to be fully organic. The label USDA Organic certifies that flowers have been grown without  toxic or synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Some online suppliers for organic  flowers are listed at Organic Gardening; also check out Local Harvest to find growers and retailers in your  area.

Another factor to keep in mind in seeking out sustainably grown flowers is  the issue of energy efficiency. Smaller amounts of flowers grown locally in a  heated greenhouse and then transported to various farmers’ markets in a pickup  truck do not have an automatic eco-advantage over large loads of flowers  transported by more energy efficient means. In addition, as the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) points out, the  flower industry has an important role in the economies of some Latin American  countries. Our buying flowers from farms certified by entities like Fair  Trade and Veriflora can help to push for better regulations to protect workers’ rights and health.

Fresh flowers are routinely associated with spring. Locally grown, organic flowers comprise only a tiny percentage of the huge  business in cut flowers, but by seeking “green flowers” out, you can support  growers and florists who are trying to make a difference and do what’s right for the  planet. If you’re not giving flowers with the dirt, why not make sure a bouquet is  beautiful through and through, down to the very methods and substances used in  growing it?

By Kristina Chew

Photo from Thinkstock

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