How sustainable is a rose from Ecuador? More and more often we hear this question, and for good reason. From grower to consumer, sustainability is an increasingly important theme. Not only the rose itself matters, but also the manner in which it is grown and traded.
It Is Not Clear to Everyone
, an importer of Ecuadorian roses, regularly talks to florists. During these conversations, it became apparent that the sustainability of Ecuadorian roses is not clear to everyone. People wondered, how sustainable is a rose from Ecuador?
An Answer to This Question
To provide a substantiated answer to this question, Farm Direct delved into the literature. It turns out that the ecological impact of roses imported from Ecuador, in terms of emissions, is usually lower than that of local production. This is because emissions from aviation are generally lower than emissions from greenhouse lighting and heating. Ecuadorian growers also have a positive socio-economic impact on the country as they provide the local population with a stable income and secure employment.
"Writing this research, and studying the reports has awakened a new flame in us. It feels like we have a new mission. We’ve always been conscious entrepreneurs, but now we see that we can do even more. We want to do more."
Bottom line, according to Max Havelaar & Quantis, Ecuadorian roses outperform Dutch roses in terms of emissions, even taking into account the seasons. This is confirmed by Alig & Frischknecht (2018). The lowest emissions in both studies come from Kenyan roses, which have the smallest CO2 footprint in both winter and summer.
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Victoria Peset Bijleveld from Farm Direct