I take issue with Jennifer Grayson’s May 10 Outlook commentary, “Save those roses for Mother Earth.”
I have been to dozens of flower farms in Colombia, Ecuador, the Netherlands and the United States. Flower-growers work hard to make environmental and social responsibility a priority.
Where are the facts? For instance, Ms. Grayson’s claim that flowers “are saturated with a toxic cocktail of chemicals” is inaccurate. Not only are pesticides costly, but their overuse would harm the product. Pesticide use in the floral industry has decreased dramatically over the past 15 years, as growers implement natural ways to control bugs — such as good bugs eating bad bugs.
It was good to see a mention of certification programs such as Florverde. The majority of Colombian flower growers who export flowers to the United States are certified by Florverde, which has strict regulations on environmental and social responsibility. Furthermore, Florverde does not work with agricultural chemicals prohibited or restricted by the Colomb... http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/flowers-bring-joy-not-pesticides/2015/05/15/ef942d3e-f8d1-11e4-a47c-e56f4db884ed_story.html