Valentine’s Day Roses Huge Emitters of CO2
Just to put a dampener on your Valentine’s Day, those roses you just bought your girlfriend have helped contribute some 9,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Up to 100 million roses are grown each year for Valentine’s Day, contributing more in carbon emissions than most other crops. This is mainly due to the fact that they have to be grown in tropical climates, flown around the world, then transported in temperature-controlled trucks before they can reach your loved one. It doesn’t even make a difference if you buy closer to home. A study at the University of Cranfield, England, has shown that 12,000 roses from Kenya emit 13,200 pounds of CO2, while the same amount grown in nearby Holland are responsible for 77,150 pounds of the gas. Let’s not even get started on the amount of water they consume, and the fertilizers used to make them grow fast and strong.
Errr…..Happy Valentine’s Day!