They\’re beautiful. They\’re colourful. They\’re fragrant. And now they\’re organic, too. Floral bouquets are one of the newest trends in the organic movement.
As people become more aware of the toxic sprays used in the floral industry, demand for organic bouquets is growing. According to the Organic Consumers website organicconsumers.org, every time you touch or smell nonorganic flowers, you are coming into direct contact with poisonous chemicals.
Flower farm workers and florists are especially at risk from the pesticides and other toxic chemicals commonly used in flower production. Some statistics show that women living in areas surrounding flower farms have higher miscarriage and birth defect rates than those in other areas. Groundwater and soil are also affected by pesticide runoff, where these persistent chemicals then work their way up through the food chain.