Study: Fairtrade roses from Kenya have lower emissions and energy use than Dutch roses
Fairtrade and the Migros-Genossenschafts Bund (MGB) in Switzerland commissioned a life-cycle analysis to understand the environmental impacts of cut roses from different origins destined for the Swiss market. The study looked at conventional and Fairtrade cut rose production in Kenya, conventional and ecologically produced roses from the Netherlands, and – to a lesser extent – Fairtrade roses from Ecuador.
Researchers found that cut roses imported into the EU from Kenyan growers generated the lowest environmental impact. Greenhouse gas emissions were 5.5 times lower and production required 6.5 times less energy than that their Dutch counterparts. Read more.