Navigation Links
Cheap love costs the Earth
Date:2/13/2009

Ecology and conservation biologist at the University of Leicester, Dr David Harper, who has conducted research for over 25 years at Lake Naivasha in Kenya, today warned that cut-price Valentine roses exported for sale in the UK were 'bleeding that country dry'.

Dr Harper, of the University's Department of Biology where he is a senior lecturer, claimed that cheap roses grown by companies that had no concern for the environment were having a devastating effect on the ecology of Lake Naivasha- the centre of Kenya's horticultural industry.

Instead, Dr Harper urged UK shoppers to buy Fair Trade roses, produced by companies that were conscientious and had a transparent supply chain.

Dr Harper said: "Roses that come cheap are grown by companies that have no concern for the environment, who cut corners and avoid legislation, who sell their flowers into the auction in Amsterdam so that all the buyer knows is the flowers "come from Holland".

"In reality, they have come from Kenya where the industry is - literally - draining that country dry."

However, some companies took a more responsible approach and sold direct to British supermarkets - many of them being "Fair Trade" certified.

Said Dr Harper: "These companies want a sustainable future for the wildlife and the environment, as well as the people, where they grow their roses. Sadly, there are not enough of them.

"At Lake Naivasha, the good companies make up about half of the total. That is not enough; together, the industry is sucking the lake dry. The country's legislation is strong, but its enforcement is weak so companies whose only interest is profit take advantage of that."

Dr Harper said the demand for the ten thousand tonnes of roses sold in the UK for Valentine's Day and for Mother's Day had contributed to the devastation of the ecosystem at the lake.

Almost half a million people now live around the shores of the lake - drawn there by the flower trade. The shanty towns that have emerged around the lake have no sanitation- water comes from the lake and sewage returns to it. This pressure - from people - is destroying the lake that supports their jobs lives and their livelihoods.

David and his colleagues from other UK - and Dutch - universities first raised the alarm about the situation in 2002, just as the new Kenyan Water Act was passed.

Since then, the lake has continued to shrink.


'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. David Harper
dmh@le.ac.uk
University of Leicester
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Nanotech could make solar energy as easy and cheap as growing grass
2. Twinkle after-effect can help retinal patients detect vision loss quickly and cheaply
3. The power of multiples: Connecting wind farms can make a more reliable - and cheaper - power source
4. Cheaper drugs now closer to realization with new DropArray technology
5. Iowa State researchers look for smaller, cheaper, 1-dose vaccines
6. Pharmaceutical breakthrough may make a range of drugs cheaper and more available
7. Substantial improvement in essential cheap solar cell process
8. New cheaper method for mapping disease genes
9. TGen investigators devise faster, cheaper way of analyzing the human genome
10. Caltech scientists develop barcode chip for cheap, fast blood tests
11. Biologists expose hidden costs of firefly flashes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/15/2017)... LLC , a medical device company focused on improving the safety ... ISO 13485 Certification, the global standard for medical device quality management ... ... for the early detection of IV infiltrations. ... "This is an important milestone for ivWatch, as it validates our ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... , June 30, 2017 Today, ... developer and supplier of face and eye tracking ... Featured Product provider program. "Artificial ... innovative way to monitor a driver,s attentiveness levels ... from being able to detect fatigue and prevent ...
(Date:6/14/2017)... IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups at ... between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... startups will showcase the solutions they have built with IBM ... France is one of the most ... increase in the number of startups created between 2012 and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... HOLLOWAY AMERICA, a ... at premier packaging event PACK EXPO International in Las Vegas from September 25 ... (PMMI). , At this year’s PACK EXPO at the Last Vegas Convention Center, ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Vixiar Medical ... engineering and manufacturing functions to The LaunchPort™ Accelerator at the City Garage in ... range of manufacturing and business services to its Residents. , Vixiar Medical ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... enable the world’s most progressive pharma and biotech organizations to do more clinical ... pharma and biotech events in Q4. , DrugDev will demonstrate DrugDev Spark™, the ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... the election of Paul Hermes, Entrepreneur in Residence at Medtronic, Inc., to serve ... developed a proprietary, tissue-engineered scaffold for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction that is ...
Breaking Biology Technology: