Debate: Food or flowers?
|December 7, 2012||Posted by Dan Clayton under Supermarkets|
Have you ever wondered why we buy flowers from places like Kenya and Ethiopia when people there are struggling to feed themselves? In an area of the world in which regular droughts result in hunger, wouldn’t the water and land be better used to grow food?
In 2010 I visited Kenya to talk to some of the people involved in the flower industry. This is highlights of an interview with CEO of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya, Dr Stephen Mbithi Mwikya, along with Nancy, a flower farm worker, talking at the Panda Day Care Centre in Naivasha, one of Kenya’s ‘flower towns’.
This video is part of a work in progress documentary, called ‘Bloom’, about the growth of the flower industry in Kenya.