Say it with roses – and air miles

13th February, 2007

The UK International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, has argued that Valentine’s Day flowers can be flown in from Africa with a clear conscience because it’s less energy intensive to do that than grow them in Dutch greenhouses. Given my own research on the subject I am not surprised.
This is one reason why we need a carbon tax: our intuitions about what is and is not environmentally damaging are just awful.

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