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Interesting Information: Why Not To Buy Cut Flowers

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Interesting Information:  February 13, 2014

Why Not To Buy Cut Flowers


I had no more put up a picture of a vase of cut flowers to which I had treated myself–a practice I do from time to time in the winter–when a post came in from Dr. Joseph Mercola saying NOT TO BUY cut flowers for a loved one for Valentine’s Day.


They are chock full of pesticides!

And, of course, HOW they are grown is also an issue–lots of fertilizers that spoil the soil, etc.

Here, again, are my pretty flowers:


Enjoy the sight, as I’m not buying any more.

It makes sense, of course.  Mercola writes that if at a border/port inspection, the inspectors detect one tiny little bug, the whole shipment is rejected.  So, growers and shippers drench the flowers with pesticides.   I hope you are remembering the recent post I put up about statistics that worry me.  If so, you’ll know that we have got to back ourselves out of the system that is poisoning us in countless ways.  And, know that even tiny amounts of these harmful chemicals are…really harmful.

There is a new documentary out that I am planning to see as it is going to be shown locally.  Take a look at the trailer for Unacceptable Levels:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVB6XSyBTVE.  Their web is http://www.unacceptablelevels.com/.

Secondly, the pesticide issue is one thing–a BIG thing, but, again, I was ALSO not practicing what I preach–which is to live within the seasons, to live sustainably.  Cut flowers (like out-of-season fruit) are shipped in here from across the world–which is a terrible use of energy that we are depleating way too fast.  What was I thinking?  NOT…

So, I’ll be living without flowers in the winter from now on.

Here’s Mercola’s post:   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/11/cut-flower-pesticides.aspx

Written by louisaenright

February 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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  1. hi louisa! good info here- thanks for sharing! just a reminder:: there’s no need to live without the spirit-lifting presence of flowers all winter- try planting (forcing) bulbs! i am attaching a picture of a pot of daffodils sitting in my dining room. the current blooms are spent, but they will bloom again. And even just the greenery is so cheering to me! of course, i bring in geraniums and coleus after the summer, as i’m sure you do. but somehow, the presence of these happy daffys, that sing out SPRING!! so loud and clear, is just such a tonic! ps:be forewarned: when my girls were younger we potted up paper whites one year, and gave the blooming plants as christmas gifts. however, the smell, which filled the house, & i suppose some find ok, was really unpleasant to us, reminiscent of burned plastic.

    hope you are enjoying this marshmallow fluff beauty, as we are! hugs, to both you and the diva!- jude from oneonta, ny

    judith brill

    February 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    • Hi Judith! Well you made my day on this one. Until the last two years, I always forced some amaryllis and paper whites. I had kind of forgotten them recently. BUT, you are absolutely right; forcing bulbs over the winter would be a terrific solution to my need for some flowers. And I will certainly add in daffodils. I wonder about tulips… Thank YOU so much! Louisa


      February 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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