Monday, December 11, 2006

The cost of a rose...

There are many, many street floral "shops" in Quito where you can buy amazing amounts of flowers for practically nothing. Twenty five roses here typically cost $2, and with that bargain price here and the outrageous prices we see in the United States, there are of course, issues (clicking that link will lead you to a recent NPR radio story on this very topic). As one of the leading exporters of roses, this is big business in Ecuador for many people, and life support for others.

Here is an article that is now four years old (I posted it this spring on my other blog)...and yet it seems that nothing has changed. People are still worked to the bone, paid little, suffer health issues because of their work environment, etc., etc.. Too often purchases are made without knowing or even caring how these items came to be available to them in the first place. Perhaps we as consumers need to become more aware...if nothing else, let today's post be an educational piece.

4 comments:

Victoria said...

What sad conditions go into those beautiful flowers. As consumers we should all be a bit more aware.

Kris said...

Good post! Lovely photo
nothing is straight forward these days..

Jing said...

:)
flowers , i like!!
and i totally understand the situation you desribled...in China, lots of labor workers are bearing the same life.
We need care them more, and i think the government is the main strength to change the social problems.

jing
shanghai daily photo

Keropok Man said...

wow! flowers are really cheap there!