Are the flowers you buy harmful for you?
Did you know that the bouquet you’re buying may be loaded with pesticides?
Many people get headaches around flowers and simply assume they’re allergic. This might not necessarily be true, however. It could be that you’re having a reaction to the chemical residues on the flowers.
In fact flower growers are among the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, including pesticides that are suspected of being among the most toxic.
The motive for using pesticides
The reason for this is that a shipment of flowers can easily be turned back from whence it came should the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service happen to find so much as a single pest in the shipment. The department is not equipped to test imported flowers for pesticide residues, however.
Not only on flowers
The pesticide problem is not restricted to cut flowers. More than half of garden plants attractive to bees and sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s are also pre-treated with pesticides that could be lethal to bees, yet sold without any warning to gardeners.
Pre-treated plants included tomatoes, squash, salvia, and flowers that would be attractive to pollinators. This is of great concern, as bees are necessary for pollinating not only flowers but also food crops.
You can curb the “bee holocaust”
There are about 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of food globally and, of these, 71 are pollinated by bees. In the US alone, a full one-third of the food supply depends on pollination from bees. Private and public gardens can either contribute to the perpetuation of this “bee holocaust,” or help curb it.
Grow your own
It is recommended forgoing both cut flowers and pesticide-treated plants from garden centers. The ideal solution really is to grow your own from organic, untreated seed. If you have your heart set on cut flowers, there are also some resources in the article by Dr. Mercola (below) that can help you find organically-grown bouquets.
Based on an article by Dr. Mercola – read it here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/11/cut-flower-pesticides.aspx?e_cid=20140211Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140211Z1&et_cid=DM40442&et_rid=424770736
By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale area, Florida, US