I just finished reading the Huffington Post article, “Eco Etiquette: What’s The Environmental Cost Of Cut Flowers?” by Ms. Jennifer Grayson who made her best effort to inform her audience on the “environmental truth” about purchasing flowers this Valentine’s day.
Buying sustainable or locally grown flowers for that special someone on Valentine’s Day is not as scary or difficult as she makes it sounds, you just need to know what to ASK for.
You can be Eco-sensitive while express your feelings with flowers, but ASK for California Grown Flowers, they are America’s Flowers.
I left this comment after the article, but I’ll re-post it here in the event that it gets moderated out…
While it is certainly true that most of the roses purchased this valentine’s day will have originated from Colombia or Ecuador, Ms. Grayson fails to identify the origin of those “magnificent” calla lilies which may have in fact been grown locally. California is home to a handful of flower farms that grow calla’s for market, even the mass market. Your roses to callas example is the ol’ produce analogy, “apple to oranges.”
I also understand and appreciate the effort to grab the attention of consumers during a major floral holiday like Valentine’s Day, but stories like these need to better consider the facts and avoid such faulty generalizations as the examples you’ve provided.
There is a flower farming community in California that is working hard to compete against the imports you describe, they employ good people, sustainably grow beautiful flowers (like Calla lilies) and currently bring $10.3 billion dollars to California’s economic table.
I don’t think your a Vday Grinch, just misinformed and not providing your readers with the reality of their options. Ask for California Grown Flowers, look for the label when you shop, make sure you are getting America’s best source for high quality flowers for your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
…so enjoy those Callas, they could have been grown from the heart…in California!
To learn more about America’s Flower Farmers visit www.ccfc.org and become a fan of their flowers at www.facebook.com/californiagrownflowers