Thursday, April 8, 2010

Why Organic Flowers Needed?

Really eating a flavorful, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food is something else to fully ignite the spring fever.

This spring fever gives the sustainable production of those flowers that have lifted spirits. Many of us are now thinking more carefully about how our food choices impact not only our own health, but the health of our planet. Let's apply the same concerns to all agriculture, and not just our food. We should also be supporting more sustainable production of ornamental crops like flowers, trees and shrubs.

One of the fastest growing niche markets right now is organic flowers. Some people find that notion odd. Organic flowers? Not going to eat them, so why does it matter if they used chemicals or not? It matters because those synthetic agrichemicals still end up in the soil, the Bay, and the lungs of the workers in the field.

Organic agriculture is about building healthy soils, sustaining micro-flora and micro-fauna, eliminating water and air pollution and much more. It's about how crops are raised. Even the crops we don't necessarily eat.