Cut Flowers research

Here is some of the research we did as a group, facts and figures about the flower industry. We thought they were important and are considering to use them in out infographic poster. I will add the web link’s from where we got our information from with a YouTube video as well.

Facts and figures:

  • 19,000 tonnes of flowers are imported from Kenya to the UK.
  • 33,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions are produced.
  • Carbon is released from fossil fuels used in circulation, fertiliser production, refrigeration and transport, as well as the methane released from binned flowers.
  • 90% of cut flowers sold in the UK are imported mostly from Colombia or Kenya.
    • Marks & Spencer
    • Sainsbury’s
    • Tesco
    • Waitrose
  • 70% of cut flowers are sold to supermarket.
  • The flower industry is bigger than the music industry.
  • The UK spends £2.2billion a year on flowers.

 

Flower Importation:

  • Belgium – pot plants
  • Canary Islands – roses, chrysanthemums
  • Caribbean – tropicals, foliage
  • Chile – carnations, roses
  • Colombia – standard + spray carnations, roses
  • Denmark – pot plants
  • Ecuador – carnations, roses
  • Holland – all flowers and pot plants
  • India – roses
  • Israel – roses, gypsophila, wax flower, anigozanthos, all summer flowers
  • Italy – carnations, chrysanthemums, foliage
  • Kenya – roses, carnations, spray carnations, statice
  • Malta – chrysanthemums, ‘paper white’ narcissi
  • Morocco – spray carnations
  • South Africa – proteas, strelitizia, roses, exotics
  • Spain – carnations, chrysanthemums
  • Thailand – orchids
  • Turkey – spray carnations
  • Venezuela – carnations, roses

Website References:  

https://www.nfuonline.com/assets/63880

http://www.flowersandplantsassociation.org.uk/industry/imported-origins.htm

http://www.sevenponds.com/after-death/environmental-and-social-impact-of-flowers

 

 

 

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