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"Overdevelopment, deforestation, climate change, and the commercial floriculture industry are all impediments to what is growing naturally and natively."

Liana Demasi

The cost to the climate is enormous. Take roses, for example. Most American stores buy their roses from the warmer climates of South America, while Europeans buy theirs from Africa. After being grown abroad, they are cut and placed in temperature-controlled boxes and vehicles before hitting the shelves for consumers to buy. On Valentine's Day alone, this process produces approximately 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

There may be no easy path to a wildflower industry that replaces our current commercial industry, mainly because the industrialization of anything has the effect of eroding its meaning. In other words, the capitalism inherent in the flower industry turns what is living into a commodity, foliage into an object to be owned. Perhaps the first step toward progress is to change the mindset of the global floral industry to see plants not as products, but as they really are: members of our community.

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