[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

segunda-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2017

Europe’s love of roses sends ripples through Kenyan lake

Monday, 4 December 2017

Lake Naivasha's transparency level has dropped from 1.5 metres in the late 1970s to less than half a metre today, largely due to organic pollution.
[Sam Morgan]

Europeans often turn to a bouquet of flowers when Valentine’s Day and anniversaries roll around but many may be unaware that those beautiful blossoms were probably grown half a world away in Kenya.

The East African country enjoys a 38% share of the European Union’s market and is a billion-dollar-industry. It is estimated that nearly two million Kenyans out of a total population of roughly fifty million rely indirectly on the flower industry.

But the horticultural trade has come at a price. Ever since the industry first took off in the 1980s, many of Kenya’s rivers and main bodies of water have been affected by pollution caused by the farms that were set up to tap into the demand for flowers.

A lack of regulation and awareness about the impact of fertilisers, pesticides and sediment on the environment characterised the early years of the industry, which initially grew the flowers in open fields and did nothing to treat the water discharged by farms.

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