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978 90 6224 981 7

Paperback

112 pages

1995

 

Niala Maharaj and Gaston Dorren : The Game of the Rose

The Third World in the Global Flower Trade

 

Contents

The European borders are lined with long lists of what may and may not be imported into the Union. For example peanuts may be imported but peanut butter may not, and priority is given to Greek and Spanish tomatoes above tomatoes grown outside the European Union. The lists also include criteria limiting the free movement of persons within the European Union. The Turkish trader who has lived, say, in the Netherlands for many years may ship his walnuts to Paris, but he may not bring them to Paris himself. All these rules and sub-rules have become an incredibly confusing knot. Open Borders Behind Closed Doors unties the knots in text and cartoon strips.

 

The European borders are lined with long lists of what may and may not be imported into the Union. For example peanuts may be imported but peanut butter may not, and priority is given to Greek and Spanish tomatoes above tomatoes grown outside the European Union. The lists also include criteria limiting the free movement of persons within the European Union. The Turkish trader who has lived, say, in the Netherlands for many years may ship his walnuts to Paris, but he may not bring them to Paris himself. All these rules and sub-rules have become an incredibly confusing knot. Open Borders Behind Closed Doors unties the knots in text and cartoon strips.

The four chapters in part 1 describe the nature and the reach of this far-flung business enterprise. The authors identify the key actors: those who grow flowers, those who trade and transport them, and those who finance their growth (with official development assistance). Five chapters in the second part of the book focus on the flower sectors in Colombia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, India and the Netherlands. Issues examined in part 2 involve the impact of structural adjustment economic policies, labour conditions, health and safety issues, the environment, the "substantial" tax exemptions that countries such as India offer to "large industrialists" who develop export-crops such as flowers and ultimately the development model "that pre pared the ground" for the global flower trade.

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Blurb

""This study shows how cheap labour, the use of scarce agricultural land and water and the drenching of workers in toxic pesticides enables the flowers and the profits to flow to the North."

  • The Ecologist

"A short introduction to a complex subject...but enough to make the average consumer think twice next Mother's Day."

  • Orbit"

Author

Niala Maharaj (Trinidad) and Gaston Dorren (the Netherlands) are freelance journalists.

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